(Philadelphia, PA) - Already this year there have been 21 confirmed child vehicular heatstroke deaths in the United States. Every year on average, 37 children die in hot cars in our country. Last year 43 young children died.
These tragedies are predictable and preventable. KidsAndCars.org is urging parents and caregivers to be extra vigilant during the holiday week and when changes in the daily routine occur.
KidsAndCars.org president and founder Janette Fennell said, “We always see an increase in child injuries and deaths around holidays. It is devastating to know that there are families all across America right now holding their precious babies, unaware that they will lose them in a hot car this summer. But, these children don’t have to die. Parents and caregivers have the power to make sure that this doesn’t happen to them.”
Parents should implement the “Look Before You Lock” safety checklist that provides simple tips to protect their child.