Heatstroke happens when the body cannot cool itself fast enough and the core temperature rises to dangerous levels. Children’s bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adults. Sadly, more than 550 children have died this way since 1998.
Safe Kids is urging everyone to ACT:
A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.
C: Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.
T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.
– See more at: http://www.safekids.org/heatstroke#sthash.zJ5unaDQ.dpuf
Hear from Reggie McKinnon and how he lost his daughter to heatstroke on March 8, 2010, after she was left in a hot car. His promise to honor Payton is to educate friends and family about the risk of heatstroke. Join him in getting this important message out.