NEW YORK, April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Five. So far this year five children have lost their lives to vehicular heatstroke. According to Kids and Cars, 39 children passed away from vehicular heatstroke in 2016. The average number of child fatalities per year since 1998 from vehicular heatstroke is 37. That's one death every nine days.
This is an epidemic, these are not isolated events.
April 26th is National Child Vehicular Heatstroke Awareness and Prevention Day. This day aims to spread awareness and knowledge about the dangers of heatstroke.
Rear View Safety has developed the Brilliant Backseat Reminder System so precious cargo won't be forgotten in the backseat. The Brilliant Backseat is equipped with two different alarms to alert the driver, or those nearby, that they have forgotten something, or someone in the backseat. View a video on the system here.
Safety tips from the Kids and Cars and The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration include:
- Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle – even if the windows are partially open or the engine is running and the air conditioning is on;
- Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading. Don't overlook sleeping babies;
- Teach children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area;
- If a child is missing, always check the pool first, and then the car, including the trunk;
- Make a habit of looking in the vehicle – front and back – before locking the door and walking away;
- Ask the childcare provider to call if the child does not show up for school.
800-764-1028 ext. 785
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SOURCE Rear View Safety