May 1 Is National Heatstroke Prevention Day
Children are continuing to die in cars from pediatric vehicular heatstroke. Pediatric vehicular heatstroke occurs when a child’s body overheats in a vehicle. Tragically, 882 children have died due to Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke since 1998. All of these deaths could have been prevented. To create awareness, May 1 is National Heatstroke Prevention Day. Below we will discuss pediatric vehicular heatstroke and provide tips to prevent pediatric vehicular heatstroke.
We hope these tips help you and your loved ones stay safe. We also understand that even the most cautious person can be injured in a car accident. If a car accident injures you or a loved one, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will help to protect your rights and ensure you receive maximum compensation. Don’t depend on insurance companies to support your best interests. Only an experienced car accident lawyer will fight for you so you get the best opportunity to win the compensation you deserve.
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Insight Into Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke
You may be wondering how or why pediatric vehicular heatstroke occurs. Jan Null has been tracking vehicular heatstroke deaths since 1998. Over the years, Null has discovered trends that may help you better understand how pediatric vehicular heatstroke occurs. These trends include the following:
- A majority (52.9 percent) of the deaths occur because the child is forgotten by a caregiver.
- About 46 percent of the time when a child was forgotten, the caregiver meant to drop the child off at a daycare or preschool.
- Thursdays and Fridays — the end of the workweek — have had the highest deaths.
- Nearly 75 percent of children who are forgotten and die are under 2 years old.
Guidance on Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides the following guidance on pediatric vehicular heatstroke:
- It is never okay to leave a child alone in a car, even for a few minutes, and even if the car is on.
- Opening windows will not prevent heatstroke.
- Children overheat up to five times faster than adults.
- Heatstroke can happen on cloudy days.
- Heatstroke can happen in outside temperatures below 70 degrees.
- It is not okay to let kids play in an unattended vehicle.
Nevada Revised Statute 202.485(1)
In Nevada, it is illegal to leave a child unattended in a motor vehicle. Nevada Revised Statute 202.485(1) provides the following:
1. A parent, legal guardian or other person responsible for a child who is 7 years of age or younger shall not knowingly and intentionally leave that child in a motor vehicle if:
(a) The conditions present a significant risk to the health and safety of the child; or
(b) The engine of the motor vehicle is running or the keys to the vehicle are in the ignition,
unless the child is being supervised by and within the sight of a person who is at least 12 years of age.
Nevada Revised Statute 202.485(3)
In Nevada, a person may rescue a child from a motor vehicle. Nevada Revised Statute 202.485(3) provides the following:
3. A law enforcement officer or other person rendering emergency services who reasonably believes that a violation of this section has occurred may, without incurring civil liability, use any reasonable means necessary to protect the child and to remove the child from the motor vehicle.
You Can Save a Life
National Heatstroke Prevention Day is a reminder that everyone can save a life. If you see a child alone in a car and are concerned, immediately call 911.
If the child is not responsive or is in danger, immediately:
- Call 911.
- Get the child out of the car.
- Spray the child with cool water.
Your action can help save a life.
We hope you and your loved ones stay safe in and around cars. If you or a family member are the victim of a motor vehicle accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. The team at Anthem Injury Lawyers is here to help you. Remember that third parties such as insurance companies are not the ones you can count on to work for your best interests. For that, depend on Anthem Injury Lawyers; your Las Vegas personal injury lawyers. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
Tips to Avoid Leaving Children Alone in Vehicles
Most pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths are accidents. This means that these deaths are preventable. Below are tips to help parents and caregivers avoid leaving children alone in vehicles. We hope you review these tips on National Heatstroke Prevention Day.
- Be extra cautious when there is a change to the routine.
- Pay extra attention to children in the vehicle during stressful times.
- Always check the back seat before exiting the car.
- Avoid distractions while in the vehicle. Put down your cell phone and pay attention to what you are doing in and around the vehicle.
- Always look before you lock.
- Set up check-ups if your child is unaccounted for. Have your childcare provider call if your child is more than 10 minutes late.
- Give yourself another reason to check the back seat. Make it a habit to put your work badge, cell phone, briefcase, or purse in the back seat. Make sure you have to open the door to the back seat to get the item. This ensures you check the back seat when you arrive at your destination.
- Set up a check-up system if someone else is driving your child to school, daycare, home, or anywhere else. Call or text to make sure the child has arrived safely.
We hope the above tips help you avoid leaving your child alone in a vehicle. If you or a loved one are the victim of a motor vehicle accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. The team at Anthem Injury Lawyers is here to help you. Now is the right time to contact our car accident lawyers as our knowledge and expertise offer you the best opportunity to gain the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
Tips to Prevent Children from Accessing Vehicles
Children are playful and curious. Cars can be a big attraction for young children. Unfortunately, cars can be deadly, even when they are not on the road. Tragic accidents can occur when children have access to vehicles. Below are tips to help prevent children from accessing vehicles.
- Do not allow children to play in or around your vehicle.
- Talk to your kids about the dangers of using cars for games. Hide-and-seek is a dangerous game to play in and around a car.
- Do not let your child access your vehicle. Always lock your car and keep your keys out of your child’s reach.
- Turn on your car alarm so you are notified if someone accesses your car.
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Experienced Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyers
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