Don’t leave your kid in the car!
Never underestimate the danger for a child left in a parked car, says Parent24’s safety expert.
Leaving your child in your car, even for just a few minutes while you pop into the shops can result in a tragic injury or death.
Dangers of leaving your child in the car include:
- Climbs out of a car seat and shifts the car into gear, causing an accident.
- Become ill or worse from heat or car fumes.
- Abduction when someone breaks into the car.
- Heat stroke that can lead to permanent brain damage and death.
Heat stroke, called hyperthermia, can happen quickly without the parent realizing the danger. Even with the windows down, the temperature in the car can rise quickly and parents should not underestimate this. Young children’s core body temperature rises 3 to 5 times faster than an adult’s, potentially resulting in brain damage or death if not attended to.
Signs of heat stroke
- An extremely high body temperature
- Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
- Rapid, strong pulse
Simple steps to keep young children safe:
- Lock your vehicle to ensure that your child cannot climb in without your knowledge.
- Never leave your child unattended in the car. Rather take them with you or leave them at home with a care-giver.
- Never leave a child alone in a parked car, even with the windows down.
- Leaving the car running and the air conditioning on doesn't make your child any safer, even if it is just for a few minutes.
- Teach children about the dangers of a car. A car is NOT a toy.
- Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition. Call for medical help if you suspect that your child has heat stroke.
- If your child is missing, be sure to check all vehicles and car boots immediately.
- When it comes to your child, their safety comes first so always think before you do anything that may put your child in danger, even if it’s unintentional!
Children are not the only ones in danger when left inside cars. Pets, especially dogs, also face an extreme risk when left unattended in vehicles as they can be very susceptible to high temperatures.Read more about child safety on 4akid.
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