Problem: A child dies from heatstroke about once every 10 days from being left alone in a hot vehicle. In fact, heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle fatality for kids 14 and younger. Children climb into unlocked cars to play, or are left alone in the car. These are tragedies that are 100 percent preventable.
Action: NHTSA is asking you to help us raise awareness about the dangers of kids and cars through a concerted day- long social media conversation. NHTSA is reaching out to our State and safety partners to tweet and post on Facebook every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. @NHTSA.gov will be using the hash tag #heatstroke on all its social media posts and asks you to do the same. As we approach rising summer temperatures, the dangers for kids left in hot vehicles increases exponentially.
Sample social media posts:
No child should die of #heatstroke from being left alone in a hot car! Share this badge if you want to help stop this 100-percent- preventable tragedy.
If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. If the child is in distress due to heat, get that child out as quickly as possible. Cool the child rapidly by spraying the child with cool water or with water from a garden hose (an ice bath isnât necessary nor desirable). Visit www.safercar.gov/heatstroke for more information.
A child's body absorbs more heat on a hot day than an adultâs does. Whereâs Baby? Look before you lock! #heatstroke
High body temperatures can cause a child permanent injury or even death. Whereâs Baby? Look before you lock! #heatstroke
10 minutes is all the time it takes for a car to reach deadly temperatures w/ a child locked inside. www.safekids.org/heatstroke Pls RT
Remember to never leave your child alone in a car â even for a minute! Please RT www.safekids.org/heatstroke #heatstroke
San Francisco State Univ.: 52% of cases, child was âforgottenâ by the caregiver. Whereâs Baby? Look before you lock! #heatstroke
Did u know? In more than 29% of cases, kids got into vehicles on their own. Whereâs Baby? Look before you lock! #heatstroke
Want to help us prevent #heatstroke deaths of children in hot vehicle? Visit www.safercar. gov/heatstroke