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Public Information Notice

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

140 PM EDT Mon May 12 2014

 

To:†††††† Subscribers:

††††††††† -Family of Services

††††††††† -NOAA Weather Wire Service

††††††††† -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network

††††††††† -NOAAPORT

††††††††† 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

vehicles.

 

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

September.

 

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:

 

www.weather.gov/om/heat

 

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

Email: Jannie.G.Ferrell@noaa.gov

Phone: 301-713-1867 x135

 

National Public Information Notices are online at:

 

http://www.weather.gov/os/notif.htm

 

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