||MILWAUKEE (5/18/2010) - Warmer temperatures are on the horizon. Safe Kids Wisconsin Coalition is working to increase awareness and urge parents and caregivers to never leave children alone in a vehicle. The warmth of the spring sun can heat the interior of a vehicle very quickly. Already this year, three children have died in the U.S. from being left in a car. Safety experts and child advocates want to remind caregivers to always check for sleeping children before leaving a vehicle.
Between 1998 and 2009, 445 children died in the U.S. from heat stroke because they were unattended in vehicles that became too hot for them to survive. "A child's body heats up 3 to 5 times faster than an adult's and unattended children have no way of protecting themselves in a hot vehicle," said Libbe Slavin, Safe Kids Wisconsin coordinator. "We want parents and caregivers to take precautions so this tragedy does not happen to them."
More than 50 percent of the children who died from heat stroke were forgotten by a caring adult who became distracted when they left the vehicle. When left unattended by an adult, 30 percent of affected kids gained entry into an unlocked vehicle, became trapped and were overcome by heat. It takes only minutes for a child to be at risk of death and serious, permanent injury in a hot car. Drivers must keep car doors locked and keys out of reach of young children.
And this was written in 2012.
Since 1990, 615 children have perished from being left in a car. How it could happen seems unimaginable.
“People don’t understand it and it is dangerous that people don’t understand it because they think it can’t happen to them,” Rollins said.
She said researchers have found that our brains do not prioritize what to remember and what to forget, whether it be your keys or your child.
“If you are capable of forgetting to go to the grocery store and buy a gallon of milk, you are capable of forgetting your child,” Rollins said.
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