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Hyperthermia

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ABOUT HYPERTHERMIA
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when you leave the vehicle. People have been known to run into a store for milk, meet a neighbor and lose track of time. It takes very little time to place a child at great risk for death or injury when they are alone in a car. Make sure you make it clear to your babysitter that it is never okay for them to leave your child alone in a car either.
9. Are there laws about this? Yes, in 18 states there is a law on the books but each state law is different. Other states may consider this action to be child neglect if a child is injured or killed. The best thing to do is to know how dangerous it is to leave a child unattended in a car no matter what the law states. It is never safe for a child to be alone in a car. This happens to people of all races, social class and profession. It can happen to you!
10. What should I do if I see a child alone in a car? The best thing you can do is to call 911 (EMS) immediately. Wait by the vehicle so EMS can find you quickly. EMS personnel are trained to assess a situation and determine if the child is in serious trouble. If you determine that the child is severely impaired from outside the car, you could provide bystander care, remove the child from the car and begin to slowly cool and lower the body temperature by using a cool water mist or wipes until help arrives.
11. How do very young children gain entry to a car? Many kids gain entry into a car because the trunk is open or the doors are open. Parents should also keep key fobs out of reach of children. Once they get inside they are quickly overcome by heat and they do not know how to problem solve and climb out. People with kids should check to be sure everyone is out of the car before they lock it. Just because the car is in the driveway they should not leave the car unlocked. People without kids should also lock their doors and trunks to keep neighborhood kids from climbing into their vehicles.
12. What can I do to help? First, you can make a personal commitment to never leave your child alone in the car. Second, urge your community to do the same. You can share information by posting flyers at your child’s nursery, school, local grocery, or anywhere you can think of. You can also help spread the word by sharing information on your facebook, twitter, or any other social media profiles. You can even send an eCard telling your friends and community about this issue. Always remember to check a car FIRST if your child is missing.
Information obtained from Golden Gate Weather Services and Safe Kids Worldwide websites at www.ggweather.com/heat and
www.safekids.org/nlyca.
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3/2011

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