A total of 39 children died when left in hot cars in 2016 in the United States, and 42 deaths occurred in 2017. The stories are predictable right every year: A parent or caregiver puts baby in back seat, parent drives somewhere intending to drop off baby, parent forgets baby in back seat. Then the baby dies from hyperthermia, known more commonly as heatstroke.
Heat stroke typically occurs when body temperature passes 104 degrees Fahrenheit, according to medical experts. Such internal heat overwhelms the brain's temperature control, causing symptoms such as dizziness, disorientation, agitation, confusion, sluggishness, seizure, loss of consciousness and/or death.
Tips to Keep Your Kids & Pets Safe this Summer
Did You Know?
Did you know? In some states it is a criminal offense to leave a child or pet unattended in a vehicle; however, sadly for some parents, the loss is much greater than that of any arrest or prosecution.
Anyone who sees a young child, vulnerable adult, or animal left unattended in a vehicle during these extreme summer temperatures should contact emergency personnel immediately.