Click to watch a SafeKids video as Reggie McKinnon shares the story of his daughter Payton lost to heatstroke March 8, 2010. He has since worked to educate parents about the risks and preventative steps.
Safe Kids Northeast Florida is pushing
an ACT plan for parents to prevent a tragedy
Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle deaths in children that occurs when the body isn't able to cool itself quickly enough and the body temperature rises to dangerous levels. Young children are particularly at risk because their bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult's.
Parents remember: ACT
AAvoid 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.
CCreate 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.
TTake 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.
Click here for an ACT postcard...
Somber numbers reflect why a child left alone in a hot car is a serious issue
- When a child’s internal temperature gets to 104 degrees, major organs begin to shut down. And when that child’s temperature reaches 107 degrees, the child can die.
- A car can heat up 19 degrees in 10 minutes. And cracking a window doesn’t help.
- Symptoms can quickly progress from flushed, dry skin and vomiting to seizures, organ failure and death.
- Since 1998, more than 636 children across the United States have died from heatstroke when unattended in a vehicle.
- 53% - child “forgotten" by caregiver
- 29% - child playing in unattended vehicle
- 17% - child intentionally left in vehicle by adult
- In 2013, 44 children died from heatstroke. In 2014, 30 children died, the second lowest total of heatstroke deaths since 1998.
- Heatstroke deaths have been recorded in 11 months of the year in nearly all 50 states.
- There are a staggering number of near misses – children who were rescued before a fatality. In northeast Florida and southeaster Georgia there were several "near misses" last year, including multiple accounts of children left inside hot cars for times well exceeding 15 minutes, which can result in criminal charges. Palm Beach County reported more than 500 near misses in one year alone.
Florida law has changed
regarding use of car or booster seats
Did you know Florida has recently strengthened its Child Restraint Laws and now requires infants and children to be restrained in a child restraint while riding in vehicles until their 6th birthday? Up to 4 years, a car seat must be used. 4- and 5-year-olds may be restrained in either a car seat or a booster seat. For advice on the best safety choices for your child, or for help obtaining a reduced- cost car seat or booster seat, call us at 202.4302.
Fire Safety Campaign
Home fires can start and spread quickly, which is why we all need to be careful and educated when it comes to fire safety. Just a little bit of planning can make a big difference for your family.
Here are some tips...
Child Car Seat Safety Checks
Safe Kids Northeast Florida and THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health at Wolfson Children's Hospital, offer a weekly Safe Kids Buckle Up inspection station featuring free car seat and booster seat installation checks by certified child passenger safety technicians. For an appointment, call 202.4302. Click here for a flier with full details.
And here is a great reference document for parents -- Car Seat Checkup: Top 5 Things to Do
Here is a Web resource for information on "Is Your Child In The Right Car Seat?" (safercar.gov)
Information for Parents
||Take some steps -- that are easy and quick -- to make sure your children are safe. Here is our Safer in 7 Tipsheet.|
More News For Parents
It is so important for parents to make sure they have the right car seat for their child, and then to make absolutely sure the car seat is correctly installed in the vehicle. Unfortunately many parents have their children in the wrong car seat. And not all car seats fit in all vehicles.
Here is a link to Parents Central (safercar.gov) with information on car seats; how to install, recalls, and getting your car seat checked (With Northeast Florida Safe Kids).
Read about booster seats, threat from coin-sized batteries, and drop-side cribes safety. Click here...
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