This post was sponsored Auto Alliance as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Look before you lock this summer!
Let’s take a little break from cooking and crafting to talk about something serious. When I think of summer I think of long, hot days full of fun in the sun. And, while we love to be outside as much as possible in the summer, we all know that some days it’s just too hot to be in the heat. This also means that our cars get extremely hot too. We all need to realize that once a vehicle is parked, and its windows are closed or even left cracked open, temperatures skyrocket quickly. If it’s hot outside, it’s even hotter inside your car.
In a matter of minutes, the car’s interior temperature reaches that of the outside air and can quickly exceed 120 degrees. That’s why we all need to protect our children when it comes to hot cars. We can’t let them play in hot cars and we definitely can not leave them alone in a hot car. I feel kind of silly having to even say this but it seems to happen every summer. We turn on the news and hear about another small child dying because they were accidentally left in the car.
Did you know that an average of 37 children die each year from being alone in a car. More than half of those are children under a year old, while 75% were children under two years of age. We all understand that accidents happen but 37 deaths is way too many. Let’s work together to prevent another child from dying in a hot car this summer.
Auto Alliance wants everyone to be vigilant and prevent heatstroke by following ACT:
- Avoid: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.
- Create Reminders: Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.
- Take Action: If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.
For more information about heatstroke prevention, and to help spread awareness, please visit www.autoalliance.org/heatstroke.