The Dangers Of Leaving A Child In A Hot Car: Safety Tips For Parents This Summer

It’s mid-summer and temperatures are continuing to climb in Houston. It’s become so hot outside you could fry an egg on the sidewalk! During the summer, kids are out of school, families take vacations and our routines change. As a result, children are being seriously injured or dying from being left in a hot car. Unfortunately, this happens almost every day across the United States and Texas has experienced the most hot car related deaths. So far this year, 13 children in the U.S. and two children in Texas have died to due to heat stroke from being left in a hot car.

This tragedy can be prevented, though. There are simple tactics that you and your family can practice to ensure that you and your children are safe in the hot summer sun. For example, leave your cell phone or purse in the back seat with your child to remember to take out all of your belongings when exiting the car. You can also set an alarm or a reminder on your cell phone to go off when you know you’re going to reach your destination. A child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adults and can’t regulate heat in the same way causing damage that is more severe over a shorter period of time.

I recently spoke with ABC 13 KTRK about the dangers of leaving a child in a hot car and offered tips on how the event can be avoided. To see the full segment, click here.

For more information on Texas Children’s Kohl’s Safe at Home program, visit here.

About Kristen Beckworth, Center for Childhood Injury Prevention Manager

I am the Manager for the Center for Childhood Injury Prevention.

My background is in public health and I have been working in the field of Injury Prevention for over 6 years. Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death for our children. I am passionate about providing life saving education and resources to families to prevent these tragedies from happening to their children.

Posted in Injury Prevention, Kohls Safe At Home

One Response to The Dangers Of Leaving A Child In A Hot Car: Safety Tips For Parents This Summer

  1. Veronika says:

    One of the best tips I’ve seen online is to take off your left shoe and put it in the back seat with your baby. As soon as you step out of the car, there is no way you won’t notice your shoe is missing.

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