Help Prevent Heat Stroke and Keep Your Kids Safe This Summer
We all know Canadian winters are tough. But our summers can be extremely hot, humid and dry. When the temperature reaches 30 or even 40 degrees, it can pose a significant risk to our children’s safety. This type
of heat can be dangerous if the right precautions aren’t taken.
The Real Dangers of Heat
When babies or toddlers are asleep in the car, some people can often be tempted to leave them in the vehicle while they jump into the corner store to grab something. But leaving a baby, toddler or young child in a car when the temperatures are that high, it can lead to serious injury from heatstroke.
Have you ever wondered why young children are particularly at risk from heatstroke? It’s because their bodes heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s. When the heat may not seem to be bothering us, remember this because your children are experiencing the temperature much differently than you are.
The Reality of Heatstroke
Did you know that heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children? On average, every 8 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle. This tragic statistic is gut-wrenching because these deaths are completely preventable.
Here’s how we can all work together to keep our kids safe, prevent heatstroke related injuries and deaths, and make this summer a more enjoyable experience for everyone.
Tips to Prevent Heatstroke Injuries
The following tips may seem commonsensical, but these injuries and deaths continue to occur. This summer is set to be quite hot. Use these tips to keep your kids safe this summer.
1. Never leave your child alone in a car. Even if you might think just a few minutes won’t hurt, avoid this at all costs. While it may take extra time to take them with you into the store, this tip can ensure they’re safe no matter what.
2. Give yourself a reminder. As bad as it sounds, some people may forget to take their children with them. This may be because of hectic schedules or people rushing, but the end result can be catastrophic. Put your purse or cellphone next to your child. This will make sure you don’t overlook your child’s safety, especially if you’re not following your typical routine.
3. Always take action. Have you ever seen a child alone in a car at your local shopping mall when the sun is beating down? Don’t ignore it. Take action. Call 911 immediately as they are trained to address situations like this. Remember, your action could save a life. You’d want someone to do the same for you and your child.
Sharing Your Tips: Help Others Keep Kids Safe During the Summer Heat
The summer time is great for days lounging by the beach, pool or playing at your local park. The warm weather is what we always look forward to after a long and cold winter. While these months are perfect for enjoying the weather and some much needed time away from school, we can’t forget to take the necessary safety precautions to keep our children safe and healthy as the temperatures heat up.
Ensuring our kids are safe often starts with building awareness about heatstroke and the dangers hot temperatures pose. Do you have any tips that you think other parents could benefit from? Share them with our network on Twitter or Facebook! We’d love to hear from you as your ideas might just help keep kids across Canada and North America safer this summer.
Added Summer Safety: The Stop-it! Safety Net
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