Preventing hot car deaths this summer
As temperatures continue to heat up this summer, doctors are reminding parents about the dangers of leaving their child in a hot car.
Dr. Purva Grover at Children’s Hospital in Cleveland says there are many different scenarios where a parent can forget a kid in the backseat, like not being the one who normally takes the kid to daycare.
To help prevent tragic accidents, their recommendation is leaving something behind to get in the habit of checking to see if you forgot something.
“As a bystander, if you see something, do not hesitate to be polite…‘none of my business,’ this could save a life, so call the police, call whoever you need to. Get these kids out as soon as you can and then take them to the appropriate medical facility if exhaustion and/or fatigue has set in,” said Grover.
Physicians say it’s also important to remember it’s not just outside temperatures that are the concern. They say even on a 70 degree day, the inside of a car can reach more than 115 degrees.