May 30, 2014
Post By: Children's Health
Summer temperatures are on the rise, and with those come the risk of heat stroke resulting in brain damage and death from children being left in hot cars.
Did you know that Texas leads the nation in hot car deaths? Every year an average of 10 children in Texas die this way, and many more are rescued just in time.
More than half of the incidents are unintentional, when a parent is transporting the child outside of their typical routine, says Molly Bloomfield, an Injury Prevention specialist at Children’s Medical Center.
A child's body heats up three to five times faster than an adult's, and according to SafeKids Worldwide, on an 80-degree day, the temperature inside a car can rise 19 degrees in 10 minutes.
That means that in a matter of minutes, leaving a child in a car on a warm day could be fatal.
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