As outside temperatures rise, the dangers for children being seriously injured or even dying from being left alone inside a hot car also rise. That’s why the Daytona Beach Fire Department would like to provide you some tips in an effort to reduce these deaths by reminding parents and caregivers about the dangers of heatstroke in young children.
More than half of all vehicle-related heatstroke deaths in children are caused by a child accidentally being left in the car, and more than 30 percent are from a child getting into a hot car on their own. In an effort to prevent these needless tragedies, we want to urge all parents and caregivers to do three things:
1) NEVER leave a child in a vehicle unattended;
2) Make it a habit to look in the backseat
EVERY time you exit the car;
3) ALWAYS lock the car and put the keys out of reach. And, if you ever see a child left alone in a hot vehicle, call 911 right away.