Heatstroke is the number one killer of children, outside of car crashes. That’s why Kern Cares has joined with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to attempt to reduce these deaths by reminding parents and caregivers about the dangers of heatstroke and leaving children in hot cars. Last year 44 children lost their lives nationwide.
As outside temperatures rise, the risks of children dying from being left alone inside a hot vehicle also rises. One child dies from heatstroke nearly every 10 days from being left in a hot vehicle, but what is most tragic is that the majority of these deaths could have been prevented. Kern Cares urges all parents and caregivers to do these three things:
1) NEVER leave a child in a vehicle unattended;
2) Make it a habit to look in the backseat EVERY time you exit the car;
3) ALWAYS lock the car and put the keys out of reach. And, if you ever see a child left alone in a hot vehicle, call 911 right away.
Children’s body temperatures can rise up to 5 times faster than that of an adult, and heatstroke can occur in temperatures as low as 57 degrees. On an 80-degree day, a car can reach deadly levels in just 10 minutes.
Know the warning signs of heatstroke, which include: red, hot, and moist or dry skin; no sweating; a strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse; nausea; confusion; or acting strangely. If a child exhibits any of these signs after being in a hot vehicle, cool the child rapidly by spraying them with cool water or with a garden hose, NEVER an ice bath. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
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- Kern County Public Health Car Seat Safety Program Flyer (Spanish)
- Take Action to Prevent Child Heatstroke in Cars
- Knowing California Laws Brochure
- Carpool Driver Safety Checklist
- Video: How to Prevent Trunk Entrapment
- Video: How to Spot the Tot
- Video: Why You Never Leave Your Child Alone
- Kids and Cars
- Basic Car Seat Safety Checklist
- Preventing Trunk Entrapment
- Tips for Protecting Kids in Driveways, Parking Lots, and Around Vehicles
- Spot the Tot
- Is Your Child In The Right Seat?
- How to Find a Safe, Budget-Friendly Car for your Teen
- Seguridad para Niños Pasajeros
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- Car Safety for Older Children, Teens and Young Drivers
- Teens and Distracted Driving
- Underage Drinking
- Get Involved: Teens
- Information about defensive driving, distracted driving, driver safety, and teen driving
- Adults and Cell Phone Distractions
- Drinking and Driving
- Car Seat Safety Tips
- Tips for a Safe Summer Trip
- What is Distracted Driving?
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To help put a spotlight on preventing child heatstroke deaths and keeping kids safe around cars, Kern Cares offers How You Can Get Involved in Keeping Kids Safe In and Around Cars which outlines everyday ways to prevent car related deaths and injuries of Kern County children. The Kern Cares Facebook will also provide parents and community members with information, events and local resources dedicated to reducing the number of Kern County children and youth injured or killed in and around cars throughout the month of August.
Learn More About Local Efforts To Build Strong Families & Protect Children
- Kern Cares Make A Difference Gallery
- Kern Cares Articles
- 2014 Kern County Report Card
- Kern Cares 2014/2015 Calendar
- Parenting Resources
- 2014 Kern County Service Provider Resource Guide
- Family Resource Center Service Matrix 2014