Summer Child Safety Reminders

Summer Child Safety Reminders

As we head into the warmer months of spring and summer, your children could be at increased risk. The number of accidents from children being run over while in a driveway and the number of children being left alone in hot cars goes up.

Janet Brooks is with Intermountain’s Primary Children’s Medical Center and shares some ideas of how to keep your kids safe.

Never Leave Your Child Alone

· Between1998 – 2009, 445 children died as a result of being left alone in a car

· In the summer, your car’s internal temperature can increase by 19 degrees F in only 10 minutes

· 33% of children who die from being left alone in a hot care less then 1-year old

· Cracking your vehicle’s windows has very little effect on its temperature

· When left in a hot vehicle, a child’s body temperature can increase three to five times as fast as an adult’s

· Children left unattended in a vehicle are a risk of being kidnapped

· Children left alone in a car can push buttons, disengage the brakes, put the car in gear or even leave the vehicle and walk away

· Never leave your child unattended in a vehicle

· Check your vehicle before leaving it

· Keep a stuffed animal or other reminder next to you in the car as a cue that your child is with you

· If you do see a child alone in a car, contact the police

Spot the Tot

· Children being run over in driveways and parking lots has become a significant problem in Utah during the past 10 years

· In Utah, between 2003-2009, 40 children died when run over in a driveway or parking lot

· In Utah, between 2003-2009, 384 children were injured in a driveway or parking lot incident (These are reported events – we assume that it is an underestimated number since many events are never reported to authorities if the child is not severely injured.)

· Before driving, check the street, driveway and all areas around your vehicle before moving

· SUPERVISE children whenever a driver is leaving home or moving vehicles are present

· Major risk factors for driveway backover incidents include:

o Children under 5 years of age

o High profile vehicles such as SUV’s, vans and trucks

o Vehicles traveling in reverse

o Rushed and distracted drivers

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