‘Look Before You Lock’ campaign warns about the dangers of heatstroke for kids in cars
Summer has returned with a vengence and we all know that temperatures can be pretty high here in Tampa. These warm temperatures are why most of us live here, but be cautious, while the warm Florida weather offers a welcome opportunity to put on a bathing suit and go outside, it can also be lethal.
In 2011 at least 33 children died in heatstroke-related deaths when they were left in unattended vehicles. Heatstroke in vehicles is the leading cause of all non-crash related deaths for children 14 and younger. It represents 61% of total non-crash fatalities in this age group. Most importantly, it is completely preventable.
The ELCHC, with support from the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, has launched its first ever campaign to get the message out about the harmful and potentially fatal effects of leaving children in hot vehicles.
The ELCHC Look Before You Lock message asks parents and other caregiver to be mindful when leaving your vehicle.
Cars heat up very quickly in Florida and even with a window rolled down a few inches, if the outside temperature is in the low 80s, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels in as little as 10 minutes! Young children under 4-years-old are particularly at risk because their bodies overheat more easily. Hyperthermia, or highter than normal body temperatures, can cause seizures, organ damage, brain damage, stroke or even death.
Our call-to-action directed at parents, childcare providers, and everyone who cares about the safety of children. Everyone in the community has a role to play in keeping kids safe.
The ELCHC is distributing vehicle window clings that can be placed on the driver side window to remind you to look in the vehicle backseat before locking and/or leaving your vehicle. We are also offering a Safety Tip card that offers various methods and suggestions for keeping kids safe.
We challenge you to bring these points to light with other parents and caregivers in hopes that our simple tips will save lives and help families avoid unnecessary heartache. As everyone who cares for children can tell you, life can reach a hectic pace very quickly and mistakes are easily made. But don’t make a mistake with the life of a child. Remember to LOOK BEFORE YOU LOCK !
If you would like to serve as an ambassador for our Look Before You Lock campaign we would welcome your advocacy on this issue. Stop by our office to pick up window decals and brochures to help spread awareness about this child safety initiative. If you have questions call us at (813) 202-1000.
In Florida, when the temperatures are in the low 80s, your car can heat up to over 100 degrees in just a matter or minutes! Know the dangers of leaving infants and toddlers in hot vehicles! Read more about our Look Before You Lock campaign and help raise awareness on this child safety issue!
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