Huntsville Area Local Chapters

of the American Meteorological Society & National Weather Association

Look Before You Lock

Please join us for our outreach event on July 22, 2017 at the Baby and Kit Expo (BAKE) at Parkway Place Mall in Huntsville, from 10 AM until 4 PM.  We will share information and discuss prevention tips at the event.

Child Vehicular Heatstroke Awareness Campaign

The Huntsville Area Local Chapters of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association, along with emergency responders, local media, government officials and other stakeholders are working together to reduce the number of child fatalities due to being left in vehicles to ZERO.

In 2016, 39 children were killed across the country when they were left in vehicles.

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Current 2017 Child Heat Stroke Fatalities (noheatstroke.org).

Facts

  • Heatstroke is the #1 cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children ages 14 and under! Over 700 children have succumbed to heatstroke in vehicles in the past twenty years. All could have been prevented!
  • Temperatures rise very rapidly inside vehicles. Nearly half of the temperature increase occurs within the first 10 minutes, and 80% within the first 30 minutes.
  • The temperature inside a vehicle can reach 45-50 degrees higher than the outside temperature. It doesn’t need to be “hot” outside for temperatures to reach dangerous levels inside a vehicle.
  • Children are especially susceptible to heatstroke because their body temperature rises 3-5 faster than adults.
  • This can happen to ANY parent or caregiver, regardless of age, education, gender, race, or income level. Changes from routine are a common culprit, as are fatigue and stress.

Action

  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, NOT EVEN FOR A MINUTE!
  • If you see a child unattended in a vehicle, call 911!
  • Implement a reminder system, such as leaving something you need (purse, briefcase, cell phone, etc) next to your child, or have a stuffed animal that stays in the safety seat when it is unoccupied, and switch it to the passenger seat when the child is in the safety seat.
  • Teach children to not play in or around vehicles.
  • Have a plan with your childcare provider to call if your child does not show up by a certain time.

Chapter Activities for Awareness and Prevention

  • Worked with the City of Huntsville to proclaim July 22, 2017 as Child Vehicular Heatstroke Awareness and Prevention Day in Huntsville.

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City of Huntsville Proclamation Text

  • Coordinated with the Madison County Sheriff to share information on child vehicular heatstroke at a safety seat event
  • Staffed booth at Safety Optimist Style (SOS) at Dublin Park in Madison, by request of the Optimist Club of Madison
  • Worked with the principal of a local school to send information to all school parents
  • Talks with local groups
  • Provide informational flyer for businesses to hang up: Link for Flyer

Resources

http://noheatstroke.org

https://www.weather.gov/lmk/beat_the_heat_and_check_the_back_seat

https://www.safekids.org/preventing-heatstroke

http://www.kidsandcars.org/heatstroke-day/

https://www.safercar.gov/parents/InandAroundtheCar/heatstroke.htm

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