Monday, May 9, 2011

Never leave children alone in or around cars, not even for a minute

Child Safety Tips

• Never leave children alone in or around cars, not even for a minute.

• If you see a child alone in a vehicle get involved. If they are hot or seem sick, get them out as quickly as possible. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

• Use drive-thru services when available.

• Use your debit card to pay for gas at the pump.

For additional information about ways to keep your children safe in and around vehicles, visit
Heat Facts

• Heatstroke occurs when a person’s temperature exceeds 104 degrees and their thermoregulatory mechanism is overwhelmed.

• A core body temperature of 107 degrees is considered lethal as cells are damaged and internal organs shut down.

• Children’s thermoregulatory systems are not as efficient as adults’ are, and their body temperatures warm at a rate three to five times faster than adults’ do.

• After 10 minutes, the temperature inside of a car is 19 degrees hotter than the outside temperature, 29 degrees hotter after 20 minutes, 34 degrees hotter after 30 minutes, 43 degrees hotter after 60 minutes and 45-50 degrees hotter after one to two hours.

• Cracking a window has little effect.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011