Heatstroke is the number one killer of children, outside of car crashes. That’s why the Administration for Children and Families has joined with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to attempt to reduce these deaths by reminding parents and caregivers about the dangers of heatstroke and leaving children in hot cars.
As temperatures across the country continue to escalate above average highs, it is more important than ever to understand the health effects for children. Infants and young children are particularly sensitive to the effects of extreme heat and must rely on others to keep them safe. When left in a hot vehicle, a young child's body temperature may increase three to five times as quickly as an adult.
On average, every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle. These deaths are preventable, and everyone in the community - especially Head Start and child care providers - has a role to play in protecting our children.
Here are a few simple things you can do:
Take Ray Ray’s voluntary pledge for providers and parents to make a commitment to working together to keep children safe.
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