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How Can I Help Reduce Car Seat Heatstroke Deaths?

With spring in full swing, the temperatures are rising, the birds are chirping and families are out and about with their little ones. While there’s a lot to love about this time of year, with warmer weather comes a higher risk of car seat heatstroke among children. 

While no one thinks they’d let the worst happen to their child, about 38 kids die each year from heat-related causes after being trapped inside hot cars. At Driver’s Little Helper, we think that number should be zero, which is why we’ve made it our mission to help parents keep their kids as safe as possible in the backseat.

And while we all make mistakes, these horrible incidents are completely preventable. By understanding the risks and taking action to prevent these dangerous situations, we can all help reduce car seat heatstroke deaths.

Understanding the Risks

Even with the windows cracked, cars heat up extremely quickly. Just a few minutes alone in a hot car can put your child at risk.

  • In just 10 minutes, the temperature inside a car can rise over 20 degrees.
  • Even temperatures in the 60s or 70s can put a child at risk for heatstroke.
  • A child will die from heatstroke when their body temperature reaches 107 degrees.

Taking Action

Car seat heatstroke is completely avoidable. Keep these tips in mind to help prevent an accident from occurring:

  • Always check the front and back seat when you leave your car.
  •    Leave yourself little reminders that your child is in the car – like placing a stuffed animal in your line of sight when your child is in their car seat or using Driver’s Little Helper.
  • Keep your vehicle locked and the keys out of reach when it’s not in use so your child can’t get into an unattended car.
  • If you see a child in an unattended car, call 911, get them out and cool them down as quickly as possible.

Warning Signs of Heatstroke

If the unexpected does happen, keep an eye out for the following signs of heatstroke:

  • Red, hot and moist/dry skin
  • No sweating
  • Strong, rapid pulse or slow, weak pulse
  • Nausea
  • Confusion or abnormal behavior

For more information to help protect your little one, check out our 5 Top Car Seat Safety Tips.