A-C-T to Prevent Hot Car Tragedies
SATURDAY, July 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Every nine days, a child dies in a hot car in the United States, but a safety expert says such tragedies can easily be prevented.
"Three letters can help drivers remember to take proper safety precautions with children when traveling in the car: A, C, T," said Susan Katz, coordinator of the pediatric injury prevention program at Stony Brook (N.Y.) Children's Hospital.
Young children are particularly vulnerable to heatstroke, because their bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult's, Katz said.
That's why you should also look before you lock your car.
"Get in the habit of always opening the back door of your vehicle every time you reach your destination to make sure no child has been left behind," Katz said. "This will soon become a habit and your small passengers will be safe."
Between 1990 and 2017, 836 children died in hot cars in the United States, according to KidsAndCars.org.
The American College of Emergency Physicians has more on children in hot cars.
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