Child heatstroke prevention

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  So far this year, 16 kids in this country have died from heatstroke, something health experts said is a tragedy no one is immune to.

Safe Kids Allen County County Coordinator Carmen DeBruce said a child can be at risk for heatstroke even when it’s not hot outside. “Children’s body temperatures can rise up to five times faster than that of an adult, and heatstroke can occur in temperature as low as 57 degrees.”

Safe Kids Allen County is a program dedicated to preventing unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability to children.

DeBruce said a child’s body temperature can reach dangerous levels in just 10 minutes.

DeBruce suggests three steps to cut down the number of deaths and near misses by remembering to ACT.

  • A: Avoid heatstroke- related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car.
  • C: Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child, such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important when the normal routine is changing.
  • T: Take action. If there is a child alone in a car, call 911.

“If you are out and see a child alone in a car, like in a grocery parking lot, then you need to call 911,” DeBruce said. “Don’t try to become the hero and smash the window. Call 911.  They know how to act.”


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