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VEHICULAR HEAT STROKE FACTS

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  • Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths in children under 15.
  • Heatstroke begins when the core body temperature reaches about 104 degrees.
  • A core body temperature of about 107 degrees is lethal.
  • In 2018 52 children died of vehicular heatstroke.
  • 80% of a vehicles temperature increase happens in the first 10 minutes and can reach 125 degrees.
  • Children have died from heatstroke in cars in temps as low as 60 degrees.
  • Crackin a window and/or air conditioning does little to keep it cool once the car is turned off. 

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VEHICULAR HEAT STROKE PREVENTION

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  • Open the backdoor of your vehicle to make sure the backseat is empty before locking (even if you think you are childless).
  • Keep a stuffed animal in the car seat. Move the stuffed animal to the front passenger seat as a reminder when your child is with you.
  • Put your phone, laptop, purse, left shoe or another essential item next to your child.
  • Teach you're kids that cars are not a place to play and always lock the doors to prevent access from curious children.
  • Ask your childcare provider to call if the child doesn't show up for care as expected.
  • If you see a child alone in a locked car, get them out immediately and call 911.
  • A child in distress due to heat should be removed from the vehicle as quickly as possible and rapidly cooled.

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SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

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PREVENTION TIPS

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PICK UP A HANG TAG AT THESE LOCATIONS

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The Baton Rouge Clinic

7373 Perkins Road

Baton Rouge, LA 70808

(225) 246-9290

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CSC Customs

10589 Airline Highway

Baton Rouge, LA 70816

(225) 298-4921

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WAFB-TV

844 Government Street

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

(225) 383-9999