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  • National Heatstroke Prevention Day

    Hi everyone

    Today is National Heatstroke Prevention Day, so I wanted to bring awareness to a topic that we all need a reminder of:  Children should never be left in cars unattended.  Especially in the summertime.

    Already this year we’ve lost 23 children that died from heatstroke related to being trapped in a car in the heat.  These statistics are NOT ACCEPTABLE.  This situation is one hundred percent preventable.

    Courtesy of San Francisco State University.

    Why is this so dangerous?  The windows of a car help to increase the temperature inside the vehicle.  Windows let in sunlight, which is then absorbed and gets trapped inside the car.  The temperatures inside the vehicle can double the actual air temperature outside.  Every 10 minutes, the temperature in your car can go up 19 degrees.

    If the car’s interior is dark (such as black leather) it will heat up even quicker.  A steering wheel and dashboard can heat up to 200 degrees when sitting outside in the sun.  They act as mini heaters and bring the cars temperatures up even higher!

    Not to mention the fact that children have not yet developed the ability like adults to cool themselves off efficiently.  They heat up three to four times faster than adults.  

    Here’s an easy way to remember what to do when it comes to children and cars in the summertime:  Remember the acronym A.C.T:

    • Avoid leaving your child in a vehicle unattended.
    • Create a reminder: put your purse or cell phone in the back seat to make you look.
    • Tell someone if you see a child alone in a car. Call 911 immediately

    Cracking the window DOES NOT help. There is no safe amount of time to leave a child alone in a car.

    These are also good pointers from NOAA and the Red Cross:

    Make sure your child’s safety seat and safety belt buckles aren’t too hot before securing your child in a safety restraint system, especially when your car has been parked in the heat.

    Never leave your child unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows down.

    Teach children not to play in, on, or around cars.

    Always lock car doors and trunks–even at home–and keep keys out of children’s reach.

    Always make sure all children have left the car when you reach your destination. Don’t leave sleeping infants in the car ever

    http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/index.shtml

    http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/heat-wave

Gwen

Evening guys! Back from camping where I have no internet connection. That keeps me off the blog, but I wanted to check in and say "Hi". Hot now here, too, PJ. We usually have upper 90s-low 100s by July. We are just now getting to upper 90s. I won't complain. Summer is not my favorite time of year...especially in Mississippi. Lookin' forward to Fall! Today is my twin sons' birthday. Hard to believe they're 26! My I'm getting old! On that note...Good Night. Y'all take care! Gwen :)

August 2, 2013 at 10:44 pm

wasam

I see a few people wandered back to blog. I checked in a couple of times but didn't leave a post. We got a few sprinkles this AM and supposed to get some more tomorrow. Then back to the heat wave on Sat thru the next week. 72 degrees. I love it!! All you guys take care, I'll be camping out for a few days. Family reunion. My neighbor is a prison guard and watches my house when I'm gone, so no worries there!! Sam

August 1, 2013 at 10:06 pm

DoloresFromOK

Hey to everyone.Been away from the Blog because have not had a whole to say.Weather was nice for July and now the temps are creeping up to 100 and more with very high humidity.My Grandson wathe victim of a beating when he and some friends were on a rafting trip on a lake near Tulsa.The police took a report and his Dad is going to file charges.What is this country coming to when we and our families have to walk in fear? Keep faith in God that He will take care of the US.Take care and be safe,Dee.

August 1, 2013 at 7:24 pm

PJ

Hi all!! It is now getting hot in Texas in the 100's for next 10 days. Oh Summer in Texas. Hey I think it is better then 30 inches of snow. ha ha I hate when people leave there kids and animals in car's when it is hot or anytime. Nothing is that important that you cant take the kids or animals with ya. If it is then leave them home or don't go out. Some people just don't think. Hope all are well and safe. have a great day!! PJ

August 1, 2013 at 9:34 am

A.J. De Young

Another moron is in San Diego, where their child just died because they "forgot"...and when I see a window cracked 2 inches and dogs in there, it drives me crazy and if it is too hot I will call Animal folks, idiots roam in our world today and they are everywhere, took a Senior bus trip and looked down into a car and the lady was in her lane going at least 70 with her phone across her steering wheel TEXTING!!!!!!! Hope all the good guys are doing ok this summer, it cannot be 8/1 tomorrow!

July 31, 2013 at 10:43 pm

JB in Texas

Maybe the heat is slowing down the action in the blog, Margie. I concur about everyone keeping a vigilant eye for kids left in parked cars(and pets too). Years ago, a woman was irate with the local police for breaking her car window to rescue her child left in the car on hot day. More concerned about a window than your child? No punishment could have been too severe for that moron! Hope all are having a great hump day. JB

July 31, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Margie Gacki

Where is everyone lately? It's been awfully quiet on this blog. Hey Janice, thanks for posting this great info. It's amazing how stupid people can be sometimes. People just don't seem to use the brain God gave them. Leaving anything in a hot car is stupid. Hey to everyone else out there. Hope everyone is having a great week. Take care, all. Margie

July 31, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Karen Franco

Please consider the Car Seat Reminder to help save the lives of children from being left in hot cars to die http://www.patdickson.com/blog/entry/3689993/car-seat-reminders-save-childrens-lives

July 31, 2013 at 4:18 pm

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  • Janice Dean joined FOX News Channel in January 2004 and currently serves as Senior meteorologist. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society and was awarded the AMS Seal of Approval in 2009. Dean is the author of the forthcoming children's book, "Freddy the Frogcaster" (Regnery Kids) which will be published in August. You can also follow Janice on Twitter.