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Public Information Notice
National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC
140 PM EDT Mon May 12 2014
††††††††† -Family of Services
††††††††† -NOAA Weather Wire Service
††††††††† -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network
††††††††† Other NWS Partners and NWS Employees
From:†††† Eli Jacks
††††††††† Chief, Fire and Public Weather Services Branch
Subject:† Child Vehicular Heatstroke Awareness and Prevention
†††† †††††Safety Guidance for 2014
In 2013, 43 children died from heatstroke because they were left
unattended in a vehicle. To help prevent these tragedies from
occurring this year, NWS is asking the media to spread the word
about the dangers of leaving children or pets unattended in
Summer is only a month away with many areas already recording
temperatures at summertime levels. Now is the time to highlight
the danger of leaving children or pets unattended in vehicles.
Studies show the temperature inside a vehicle can rapidly rise to
lethal levels even on a relatively mild spring day with outside
temperature less than 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Heatstroke is the leading cause of all non-crash-related vehicle
fatalities involving children 14 and younger: 61 percent. Each
year, children die from excessive heat as a result of being left
enclosed in parked vehicles. Sometimes caregivers intentionally
leave a child in a car for what they think is a few minutes but
more often it is unintentional with caregivers forgetting the
child is in the backseat. Since 1998, over 600 children have died
in automobiles as a result of heatstroke, an average of 38
children per year, or almost 2 children per week from May to
The NWS offers the following safety precautions to help avoid
tragic deaths of babies and young children and pets.
-Never leave a child or pet unattended in a vehicle, not even†
†for a minute.
-If you see a child unattended in a vehicle, call 9-1-1.
-Routinely look in the back and front of your vehicle before
†locking and leaving your vehicle.
-Always lock your car even at home and ensure children do not
†have access to keys or remote entry devices. Teach your children
†that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.
-Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading,
†including pets. Donít overlook a sleeping baby.
-As a visual reminder, keep a stuffed animal in the car seat.
†When the child is placed in the car seat, move the stuffed
†animal to the front so the driver see it.
-Place your purse or briefcase in the back seat as a reminder
†that you have your child in the car.
-Ask your childcare provider to call you if your child does not
†show up for childcare.
Help spread the word: "Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat". For
more free resources, go to:
Remember: never leave a child or pet in an unattended vehicle!†
Vehicular heatstroke of children is preventable.
For more information, please contact:
Jannie G. Ferrell
Phone: 301-713-1867 x135
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