Heatstroke and Hyperthermia Injuries among Children A Serious Problem with Florida’s Heat

We’ve seen some hot weather here in South Florida. It’s nothing new and our Florida blood may be used to it, but with temperatures in the 80s and 90s children have a lot to worry about. One of the top concerns for safety officials are the risks associated with hyperthermia and heatstroke injuries in Boca Raton and elsewhere.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were nearly 50 kids under the age of 14-years-old who died in these kinds of accidents in 2011, after being left alone in a hot car. As a matter of fact, these accidents are the number one cause of non-crash, vehicle related fatalities for this young age group. What’s most arming is that they rely on parents and care providers to save them from these tragedies and sometimes they’re just left behind. The NHTSA is launching a new campaign, “Where’s baby? Look before you lock,” to help to reduce these risks for kids nationwide.

Our Boca Raton car accident attorneys understand most residents don’t consider these incidents when they think of car accidents, but the truth of the matter is that kids face some serious risks for irreversible injuries when parents, guardians and daycare providers don’t take a second to check the car before getting out and leaving. Some of the injuries associated with heatstroke and hyperthermia are the loss of hearing, the loss of eye sight, irreversible brain damage and even death.

“This campaign is a call-to-action for parents and families, but also for everyone in every community that cares about the safety of children,” said U.S. DOT Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

During the next few weeks, the Administration will be putting out a number of online and radio ads to help spread the importance of this message, “Where’s baby? Look before you lock.” There will also be a number of events and programs designed specifically to help to keep children from unintentionally being left in a parked vehicle.

Parents and other child-watching adults accidentally leave children in vehicles all the time. In both 2010 and 2011, there were nearly 50 kids who died in these kinds of accidents. The NHTSA is offering adults some simple and useful safety tips to help prevent these kinds of tragic accidents.

Safety Measures to Avoid Heatstroke and Hyperthermia-Related Accidents in Automobiles:

-Never leave a child in the car for any amount of time, not even if the air is on and the windows are left open. Florida heat sneaks up quickly, especially in a stationary car.

-Make it a habit to check all seats for a child before getting out of your vehicle.

-Ask childcare providers, babysitters and others who look after your child to contact you immediately if your child doesn’t show up when they’re supposed it.

-Do things to help yourself remember to look through the vehicle before exiting. Leave something important in the back seat, like your purse or briefcase, to force yourself to turn around and look in the back seat before exiting and leaving.

-Teach kids to never play in or around motor vehicles.