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Don’t Leave Kids in Closed Cars

Safe Kids USA wants to stop children from dying of heatstroke inside closed vehicles.

by on Mar.16, 2011

After a year in which a record 49 children from 2 months to 6 years of age died from heat stroke after being left unattended in a vehicle, Safe Kids USA has started a prevention campaign to get the message out before the temperatures heat up.

The first 2011 death of a child from being left alone in a closed vehicle – a mother accidentally left her child in the car during a long work day – was recorded earlier this month in Texas, where 13 children died in 2010.

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In fact, Safe Kids USA, says that with outdoor temperatures of 80 degrees, temperatures inside a closed car can easily top 120 degrees. The body temperature of children rises 3 – 5 times faster than adults, and as a result, children are much more vulnerable to heat stroke.

“These tragedies can happen anywhere at any time as child deaths in cars and trucks from heat stroke have occurred as early as February and when the outside temperature was as low as 57 degrees F,” said John Formisano, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide.