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Protect Children from Extreme Temperatures
As temperatures heat up across Houston, it's important to remember to take extra precautions to keep children safe.
According to San Jose State University (CA), over 718 children have died nationwide from 1998-2017 from heat stroke associated with vehicles, including 107 children right here in Texas. Research also indicates that 54% of those deaths were when a child was "forgotten" by a caregiver, and 28% were caused by children who were playing in an unattended vehicle.
What Can I Do To Prevent This?
People with young children should always be on-guard for the potential of dangerous heat conditions, especially during the summer. This includes:
- Ensure you are free from distractions, such as the use of mobile phones when you are in your vehicle and getting out.
- Place your purse, wallet, cell phone, or other important item in the backseat of your vehicle to make sure you check the backseat before leaving your vehicle
- BE NOSY. If you are in a parking lot and see a carseat in a vehicle, quickly glance to make sure it is empty. If you see a child in an unattended vehicle, call 9-1-1 immediately, and try to get the child out as soon as possible.
- Place a small stuffed animal in the carseat when it isn't being used. Then place that stuffed animal on the dashboard of your vehicle when the child is in the seat, to remind you that a child is in the back seat
- Have a plan for your child's caregiver/daycare/school to call you if the child doesn't show up as normal.
- Be sure you lock unattended vehicles at all times, and closely supervise children who are playing outside.
IF YOU EVER SEE A CHILD IN AN UNATTENDED VEHICLE, CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY AND DO WHATEVER YOU MUST TO GET THE CHILD OUT