Children and hot cars don't mix! Pro Consumer Safety provides guidelines for prevention and educational material to help prevent these 100% preventable deaths. On average nearly every week in the United States a child under the age of two dies of hyperthermia from  being left alone in a motor vehicle.  

In over half of these confirmed deaths, the parent forgot their child was in the car. This is usually from a change of routine.  In 29% of cases the child was playing in an unlocked vehicle then got locked in, and 19% of cases the parent left the child for a moment then got distracted and forgot their child. Parents and caregivers need to understand that the body of a baby can heat up 3-5 times faster than that of an adult. As a result children should NEVER be left alone in a motor vehicle.

Pro Consumer Safety urges parents, caregivers and other adults to practice the following guidelines to help keep children safe:
  1. Never leave  child alone in a motor  vehicle, not even for a minute  (in 19 states it is illegal to leave a child alone in a motor vehicle. See link to laws below). Take your child with you first before leaving your car. 
  2. Leave Reminders: After you buckle your child up in their appropriate child safety restraint, leave reminders on the back floor next to your child, such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone (something needed at your final destination). This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine such as a different parent taking the baby to day care. Also request that your day care provider or babysitter call you anytime the baby does not show up. This prevents forgetfulness during a change in routine.
  3. Lock Your Car: Keep your car locked when you’re not in it so children are unable to climb in on their own.
  4. Call 911: If you see a child alone in a motor vehicle, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.

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For more information or media advisory contact Pro Consumer Safety
323-491-6197
 


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    Dr. Safety
         As an injury and neuroepidmeiologist, Master Certified Health Education Specialist, Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and a father, I have obtained a passion to help educate the public on how to prevent injuries and maintain healthy lifestyles for communities and future generations.  
         Throughout my years of graduate and professional education in public health, neuroscience, public policy and intergovernmental management, from the University of Oxford, England, George Washington University, Washington D.C., and the University of Southern California, I have applied a multidisciplinary approach to educate not only the public as a community benefit but also to develop sustainable public health injury prevention programs to state and local governments, schools, hospitals and organizations to help promote safety and healthy lifestyles.
      I also use a personal approach to educating parents and children by empowering them so they can make healthier and safer choices in life and have a happier life and improve communities.
        I appear as a guest on a regular basis with LaFern Cusack on the ESPN Experience (AM710) and Radio Disney Playground (AM1110).  
        Contact me to discuss any child safety question, speaking engagements, or to request a discuss of a specific injury topic at              drsafety@proconsumersafety.com
     

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