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90 Days of Summer Safety: It’s Hotter Than You Think
Temperature inside a vehicle can be more than 30 degrees hotter than outside
July 22, 2009 (Fort Worth, Texas) The rain and clouds across Dallas-Fort Worth may have brought temperatures down out of the 100s, but it’s still hotter than you may think inside your car or truck.
It’s much too hot to leave a child or pet, even for a few minutes. As the attached photo shows, on a July afternoon when it was 97 degrees outside, the temperature inside a vehicle reached 122.
Children sometimes are left in the car while a parent runs a quick errand. Other times, mom or dad forgets the child is in the backseat. But leaving a child inside a closed car — whether accidental or intentional — on summer days can result in injury or death. From 1998 to 2007, approximately 365 children - most of them aged three and younger - died from heat stroke while unattended in a car, according to Safe Kids USA, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child injury.
So far this year, MedStar EMS has responded to heat-related emergency calls involving nine children in vehicles.
* If you see an unattended child in a vehicle, call 9-1-1 immediately.
* Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even with the window slightly open.
* Place something that you’ll need at your next stop - for example a purse, lunch, gym bag or briefcase - on the floor of the backseat where the child is sitting. This simple act could help prevent you from accidentally forgetting a child.
* Teach children not to play in, on or around vehicles.
* Always lock a vehicle’s doors and trunk - especially at home. Keep keys and remote entry devices out of children’s reach. Watch children closely around vehicles, particularly when loading and unloading. Check to ensure all children leave the vehicle when you reach your destination. Don’t overlook sleeping infants.
* Be especially careful if you change your routine for dropping off infants or children at day care. Have a plan that if your child is late for daycare that you will be called within a few minutes.
90 Days of Summer Safety
MedStar EMS encourages the community to enjoy their summer activities safely through 90 Days of Summer Safety. Each week from June 15 through September 7 a new summer-themed safety topic will be highlighted with tips and information. Topics include firework safety, drunk driving awareness, and tips for avoiding heat stroke. Check www.medstar911.org each week for the latest Summer Safety topic.
MedStar is the exclusive emergency and non-emergency ambulance service provider to 15 Tarrant County cities including Blue Mound, Burleson, Edgecliff Village, Forest Hill, Fort Worth, Haltom City, Haslet, Lakeside, Lake Worth, River Oaks, Saginaw, Sansom Park, Westover Hills, Westworth Village, and White Settlement. Established in 1986, MedStar provides advanced life support ambulance service to 421 square miles and more than 860,000 residents in Tarrant County. MedStar responds to about 100,000 emergency calls a year with a fleet of 47 ambulances.
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Posted on Wed, July 22, 2009
by Lara Kohl