National Heatstroke Prevention Day Aims to Curb Injuries and Deaths This Summer

by Staff Blogger | July 31st, 2014

The dog days of summer are upon us and one of the most common types of personal injury we see this time of year is heat stroke. This is especially common among those who work outside and with small children. That’s why today, July 31, has been declared National Heatstroke Prevention Day.

The event is made possible by the combined efforts of Safe Kids Worldwide and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Both of these organizations are working to provide information to the public about how easily heat strokes can occur and what can be done to prevent them.

Experts say forgetting children in backseats of cars is one of the leading causes of accidental death involving a vehicle among U.S. children. In fact, when it’s a balmy 80 degrees outside, the temperature inside closed vehicles can reach 100 degrees in less than ten minutes.

To help prevent heat strokes in cars, parents are encouraged to leave an object on the dash to help remind them a child is in the car. Some parents even put a shoe in the backseat with the child so that they will remember their small passenger in the back. Regardless of how you do it though, it’s important to always keep track of your children when exiting or entering a vehicle. It’s also important for parents to keep car keys out of reach of small children and keep spare keys hidden to prevent children from locking themselves inside cars.

The Roanoke personal injury attorneys with Skolrood Law Firm hope these tips help to keep you and your loved ones safe this summer!