USDOT launches program to prevent child heatstroke deaths in carswebmaster July 8, 2020 0 COMMENTS
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the launch of a $3 million public safety campaign in an effort to combat child vehicular heatstroke deaths across the country.
The announcement, which came on Wednesday, is part of the USDOT’s ongoing efforts to engage with safety advocates and to provide a unified message to educate the public about the dangers posed to children in hot vehicles.
Radio ads will run across the country and a digital campaign will be launched in 18 states, including Texas, to remind drivers to not leave kids unattended in cars and to lock their vehicles to keep kids out of hot vehicles.
According to the news release from the USDOT, at least 855 children have died due to vehicular heatstroke since 1998. Six such deaths have occurred in 2020 and 52 occurred in 2019.
Tips to avoid these types of deaths include:
Keep vehicles locked at all times when parked to prevent children climbing in and becoming trapped.
Teach kids that vehicles are not places to play.
Never leave a child in a vehicle when running errands, not even for a minute.
Rolling down a window does little to keep a vehicle cool and heatstroke deaths have occurred even when parked in shaded areas.
Bystanders can also play an important role in saving a life.
Should you see a child alone in a vehicle, call 911 and get help immediately.