BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - This summer, at least three children have died in hot cars in Louisiana. Officials are hoping to raise awareness with Heat Stroke Prevention Day to keep more deaths from occurring.
In most cases, the parent or caregiver simply forgets that the child has been left in the car, which can heat up 20 degrees in 10 minutes. That's according to Louisiana Highway Safety Commission interim executive director, Kenneth Trull.
"These are preventable deaths that leave parents and loved ones with a lifetime of grief and guilt. We hope that by promoting National Heatstroke Prevention Day, we can raise awareness enough to keep children safe and healthy," said Trull.
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration offers the following tips to keep children safe in the summer heat:
- Never leave a child alone in a car
- Look before you lock the doors
- Check the backseat before you walk away from the car
- Keep a stuffed animal or toy in the child’s car seat when it’s empty and move it to the front of the vehicle as a visual reminder of when the child is in the backseat
- If someone else is driving or your routine has somehow changed, double check to make sure the child arrived safely at their destination
- Take action if you see a child alone in a car
- Do not wait more than a few minutes for the driver to return
- If the child is unresponsive or in distress, call 911, get the child out of the car, and spray the child with cool water
- If the child is responsive, stay with the child until help arrives
- Have someone else find the driver of the vehicle
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