Check the Back Seat
Wed, 8/08/2012 3:40 PM
In the past week, at least six Tennessee and Arkansas children died after being left in hot cars.
Experts at Le Bonheur Children's caution parents to be extra careful, especially during extreme heat. Susan Helms, director of Injury Prevention for Safe Kids Mid-South located at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, offers this advice:
“A child's body temperature climbs three to five times faster than an adult's, especially in a hot car. In less than 30 minutes, the temperature inside a car can increase 35 degrees. An infant can die in as little as 15 minutes even on a mild 75-degree day.
Unfortunately, even the most conscientious parents can overlook a sleeping baby in a car.
The biggest mistake people make is to think 'It couldn't happen to me.' Memory experts point out that if you've ever forgotten a pot left burning on the stove, you've seen how easy it is to have a dangerous memory lapse."
To prevent vehicular heat stroke deaths, Safe Kids Mid-South recommends learning the following safety tips:
Susan Helms talked to WREG News Channel 3's Zaneta Lowe about such cases yesterday. Watch her interview below.
Check Your Car: Don't Leave Kids Behind
Fri, 6/29/2012 4:18 PM
With highs reaching into the 100s this weekend, it’s important to ensure no child is left behind in your car. Temperatures this hot make heat stroke (or other heat-related illnesses) even more likely. Safe Kids Mid-South shares some important tips below.
Here’s what parents and caregivers need to know and why:
Take immediate action. The body temperature of children rises three to five times faster than adults’ body temperature, and as a result, children are much more vulnerable to heat stroke.
Dial 911 immediately if you see an unattended child in a car. EMS professionals are trained to determine if a child is in trouble.
Create reminders. Many child heat stroke deaths occur because parents and caregivers become distracted and exit their vehicle without their child. To help prevent these tragedies parents can:
Get involved. Free educational materials are available at www.Safekids.org. Post them at your child care center, place of business or church. Let's help each other prevent further tragedies!
New Booster Seat Ratings Released
Wed, 9/08/2010 4:04 PM
Researchers at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently conducted a third round of evaluations of the fit of 72 booster seats. The safest seats received the top ratings of "best bet" or "good bet," because they correctly position belts on average booster-age kids in most vehicles. The worst performers are ones the Institute doesn't recommend because they do a poor job of fitting belts. A good booster routes the lap belt across a child's upper thighs and positions the shoulder belt at mid-shoulder.
Good Belt Fit
Booster seats elevate children so that safety belts, which are designed for adults, will fit better. The lap belt should fit flat across a child's upper thighs, not the soft abdomen. Good booster seats have belt-routing features that hold lap belts down and forward. The shoulder belt should cross snugly over the middle of the shoulder to provide effective protection in a crash.
Poor Belt Fit
Not all boosters provide a good safety belt fit. Here the lap belt is too high on the abdomen, and the shoulder belt is too close to the neck.
To find out how your Booster Seat rates, visit http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr090810.html
Improvements Have Been Made
Confused - What Should You Do?
“Real children are not crash test dummies, so every seat can fit differently. Booster seats come in all shapes and sizes, so take your child with you to pick out the booster seat that will fit best. Don't panic if your booster seat shows up on a 'not recommended list'. The booster seat that doesn't fit the crash dummy may fit your child perfectly,” remarked Susan A. Helms R.N., M.A.L.S., director of Injury Prevention and Safe Kids Mid-South.
The Numbers Tell the Truth: Booster Seats Save Lives
The most important factor is how a booster seat fits your child. Here are some guidelines.
Watch for Children in Hot Cars
Wed, 8/04/2010 11:46 AM
As the temperature continues to rise, so do the numbers of children dying in hot vehicles. Through the end of July there has been a record number of children - 28 - who have died due to vehicular heat stroke, making 2010 the worst year ever for children dying in hot cars.
The NBC TODAY Show aired a segment to help raise awareness about these dangers and let people know that technology does exists to prevent these tragedies. Spread the word and share our safety tips to help prevent any more children from dying in this manner. Log on to http://today.msnbc.msn.com/ to view the segment and read more about the technology and safety tips to prevent this from happening.
Safe Kids Mid-South says to keep peeking in car windows in parking lots. And to call 9-1-1 if you see a child in a car - you could save the life of an innocent child.
Hot Weather & Vehicles Can be Deadly
Mon, 7/20/2009 10:30 AM
Hot Weather and Vehicles Can be a Deadly Combination for Kids
As temperatures begin to heat up, children are at a serious risk for heat stroke, also called hyperthermia, when left alone even for a few minutes in a closed vehicle. In 2008, at least 42 children across the United States died from heat stroke caused by being left or trapped in a vehicle. Safe Kids Mid-South wants to share these tips with you:
The Facts about Heat Stroke and Kids
What Happens in a Hot Vehicle?
How to Keep Kids Safer
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