The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported today that a 2 year old child died after being left in a van at a day care center in Atlanta. The article by Alexis Stevens and Fran Jeffries also mentions that since 1998, there have been 509 deaths involving this sort of vehicular hyperthermia, also known as heat stroke.
Normally we think of the danger associated with vehicle collisions on the roadways, but this sad case is a reminder that there are plenty of dangers other than roadway wrecks involving cars, including backovers, heat strokes, and children being trapped in trunks without trunk release mechanisms.
An organization called kidsandcars is doing great work to protect our children from these sorts of dangers. Their website – kidsandcars.org – is a wonderful site to get information about these dangers and what we can do to protect our children from them.
As one example of a way to help remember that a child is in the back seat of a vehicle, one recent article recommends that a parent put a stuffed animal in the front seat as a visual reminder that their child is in the back seat. There are many, many more things we can do to avoid the needless deaths and injuries from hot cars and other dangers associated with vehicles.
Please take a moment to visit these websites and read these articles to learn how to prevent your children from becoming victims of these dangerous conditions in cars.