TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)--Safe Kids Kansas is reminding parents and caregivers to never leave a child along in a vehicle, especially during the summer months.
They say to always check for sleeping children before leaving a vehicle, so that no more children die from heat stroke when they are "forgotten" in cars.
From 1998 to present, at least 569 children died from heat stroke because they were left unattended in vehicles that became too hot for them to survive.
"As these tragedies continue to occur, Safe Kids Kansas is intensifying our efforts to get the message out that the inside of a vehicle is an extremely dangerous place for a child alone in hot weather," said Cherie Sage, Safe Kids Kansas. “Even on a mild day, the inside of a car can quickly become very hot. This is a place no child should be alone, and because children’s bodies heat up 3 to 5 times faster than adults, this makes them much more susceptible to heat stroke.”
They offer several tips to prevent leaving children in the car:
-Never leave a child alone in a car even for a minute and to consistently lock unattended vehicle doors and trunks.
-Establish a peace-of-mind plan. Have your child care provider call you if your child is not dropped off within 10 minutes of their expected time of care. Create a routine of texting or calling other caregivers when you drop your child off at child care so all of you know where your child is at all times.
-Place a purse, briefcase, gym bag, cell phone or an item that is needed at your next stop in the back seat near the child.
-Set the alarm on your cell phone or computer calendar as a reminder to drop your child off at childcare.
-They say if you see an unattended child in a vehicle to dial 911 immediately and follow the instructions that emergency personnel provide – they are trained to determine if a child is in danger.