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June 28
​Wake County Reminds Residents to Never Leave a Child Alone in a Hot Car

'ACT' to Prevent Tragedy

With sweltering temperatures predicted for the weekend, Wake County reminds parents and caregivers of the dangers of leaving children inside a hot car.

Today, health educators baked s’mores on the dashboard of a car to show just how quickly it heats up in the summer sun. They also explained why children are more susceptible to heatstroke than adults.

“Young children are especially at risk of heatstroke, because their bodies heat up three times faster than an adult’s,” said Suzanne LeDoyen, a Maternal and Child Health Program Consultant for Wake County. “The temperature inside a car can jump a whopping 19 degrees in just 10 minutes. Cracking a window doesn’t help alleviate the heat.”

National statistics show a child dies every 10 days from being left in hot car. This year, one of those deaths happened in Wake County. More than half of heatstroke deaths occur when distracted caregivers forget a quiet child is in the vehicle.

“Parents and caregivers can prevent the tragedy of losing a child to heatstroke by remembering to ‘ACT,’” LeDoyen said

The acronym “ACT” is a part of the Never Leave Your Child Alone in a Car campaign, which was launched by Safe Kids Worldwide and the General Motors Foundation. The campaign reminds residents to:

  • A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. Always lock your doors and trunks – even in your driveway. Keep your keys and key fobs out of the reach of kids.
  • C: Create reminders. Place something you'll need at your next stop – such as a briefcase or cell phone – next to the child safety seat. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.
  • T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911.

For more information on preventing heatstroke, visit safekids.org.


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