On average, 38 children die in hot cars each year from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside.
“Temperatures can increase in a car in a matter of minutes, we’ve seen statistics that it can increase up to 30 degrees in a matter of an hour, and usually that temperature increase occurs in the first half hour,” said Amy Scheller, Bureau Chief of Emergency Management Systems with Naperville Fire Department.
Adding to the risk, a small body heats up three to five times faster than an adults. This danger is why the fire department encourages all citizens to be aware, and ready to take action.
“When you’re walking by a car, at times children could be in a car seat which is difficult to see if there’s a child in there, but look around you, pay attention to the situation, because sometimes things happen where sometimes they’ll leave a child in a car inadvertently and if you can catch that then you can call 911 immediately,” said Scheller.
Many of these tragedies occur during busy times or a change in routine. To help prevent the worst from happening, make a habit of putting your cellphone in the back seat to serve as a reminder for you to go back there once you park; or put a toy of your child’s on the front seat as a reminder when they’re in the car.
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