With the recent heat waves across the United States, we hope you’ve been able to stay cool, have fun with family and friends, and enjoy the sun, water, and outdoors! But summer is also the season with the highest risk of drowning and prevention saves lives. For drowning victims younger than 15 years:
- 70% of deaths occurred from May to August
- the risk of drowning significantly increased (up to 69%) when the outside temperature exceeded 30°C (86°F)
Pediatric vehicular heatstroke (PVH) is another injury risk that increases during heatwaves. On average, between 1998 and 2020, 38 children died per year of PVH. Children’s body temperature rises three to five times faster than adults. When children are left in or gain access to vehicles, they could die within minutes. In CSN’s 2021 webinar, Protecting Children from Heatstroke in Vehicles, presenters discussed the scope of the problem, recent trends, and the impact of vehicle heating on children’s health. Also provided were resources and tools to learn more about how to prevent PVH.
Resources and research on these topics are included in this newsletter. Resources from our Children's Safety Now Alliance partners are highlighted in purple.
Please widely share these resources with your networks.
Jennifer Leonardo, PhD