NATIONAL HEATSTROKE PREVENTION DAY JULY 31, 2017
On average once every 9 days an innocent young child dies tragically due to heatstroke after being left in a vehicle. Already this year 28 children have died from heatstroke after being trapped inside vehicles. The Park City Police Department encourages individuals in our community to take immediate action if you see a child alone in a vehicle and call 911. A child’s body overheats 3 to 5 times faster than an adult’s body and children have died from heatstroke in cars on days where the outside temperature was only 60 degrees! Two thirds (2/3) of the increase in temperature in a car happens in the first 20 minutes and cracking the windows does NOT help slow the heating process or decrease the maximum temperature.
*Look Before You Lock – Get in the habit of always opening the back door to check the back seat
before leaving your vehicle. Make sure no child is left behind.
*Create a reminder by putting something you’ll need like your cellphone, purse, briefcase, employee ID,
etc. in the back seat so that you’ll have to open the back door every time you park.
*Keep a large stuffed animal in the child's car seat. When the child is placed in the car seat, place the
stuffed animal in the front passenger seat. It's a visual reminder that the child is in the back seat.
*Keep vehicles locked at all times, even in driveways and garages. Keep car keys and remote openers
out of reach of children.
*Never leave children alone in or around cars; not even for a minute.
*Use drive‐thru services when available (restaurants, banks, pharmacies, dry cleaners, etc.) and pay for
gas at the pump.
*Be especially careful during busy times, schedule changes and periods of crisis or holidays. This is when
many tragedies occur.
*If a child goes missing, immediately check the inside of passenger compartments and trunks of all
vehicles in the area very carefully, even if they are locked. A child may lock doors after entering a
vehicle on their own, but may not be able to unlock them.
Please share this important information with your family, friends, co-workers, babysitters and child care providers. For more safety tips and heatstroke facts go to http://www.kidsandcars.org/heatstroke-day.html or contact Officer Welker at the Park City Police Department.