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This blog was written by Isabelle Shafer, Safe Kids communication summer intern.
I grew up in South Florida, so I know how hot the inside of a car can get. When I was in high school, my friends and I would have to open our car doors and wait in the parking lot for the inside to cool down enough for us to get in. From time to time as I was growing up, I also heard stories about cars being so hot that kids left alone in them had died.
Sometimes we do something and have no idea what the long term consequences might be.
I took the Child Passenger Safety Certification Course in 1998. It was one of the original courses offered and I traveled all the way from Louisiana to Texas to be one of the first people to get certified to correctly install and check car seats.
I had no idea that 15 years later, I would be part of a community of more than 36,000 technicians. We come from hospitals, police departments, fire departments, health departments. We are aunts, uncles, parents, grandparents and volunteers.
Even as families try to stay home as much as possible during the coronavirus pandemic, there are times when a trip in the car with the kids is essential. To support parents and caregivers during COVID-19, Safe Kids Worldwide has teamed up with the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association to provide parents and caregivers with a suite of online and virtual resources to properly use and install car seats and to keep kids safe in and around cars.
During this time when the world is working together to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Safe Kids Worldwide is committed to keeping kids safe from injuries.
COVID-19 Raises New Concerns Following Two Worst Years on Record for Heatstroke Fatalities
Washington, DC, and Mount Laurel, NJ, July 14, 2020 − As summer temperatures continue to reach record highs across the country, Safe Kids Worldwide (SKW), the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), and other safety advocates are joining forces to raise awareness of the danger of children dying in hot cars.
Following tragic death, safety advocates remind caregivers to never leave a child alone in a car and to be on the lookout for children left in cars
Fort Worth, Tex. – As temperatures continue to rise, government officials and health professionals today joined Safe Kids Tarrant County, led by Cook Children’s, at Tarrant County Public Health to discuss ways to prevent child deaths and injuries from heatstroke in hot cars.
Summer is my favorite season. I love hot weather, cookouts, beach trips and long walks in the sun. But since working at Safe Kids, I’ve started to think of the hotter months a little differently. Why? Because of heatstroke.
Every 10 days, across the United States, a child dies while unattended in a hot car. It only takes a few minutes for a car to heat up and become deadly to a child inside. As summer temperatures rise, more kids are at risk – the death toll this summer has already exceeded 20.
Safety advocates remind caregivers to never leave a child alone in a car and to be on the lookout for children left in cars