A Dangerous Mixture
As we enter the hottest months of the year, we’re reminded of how sexy the inside of our cars can actually get. Imagine being trapped inside your car with no comfort and satisfaction of the blasting air condition.
Sadly, this is case for many children annually, particularly around this time. Normally, 37 children die annually because of the heat of a vehicle that’s shut off. In very few instances, they’re left in cars because their caretakers plan on leaving them for just a couple of minutes, but as you may see, every second counts.
It’s also more likely in regions where the general climate is warmer. So, now in the year it’s more important than ever to spread awareness of the threat of hot cars. However, heat stroke related deaths of kids can definitely happen anytime and anyplace.
Moreover, the temperature of cars may grow up to 20 levels in 10 minutes making children and unattended cars a hazardous mix. This also suggests that heat stroke may occur at outside temperatures as low as 57 degrees, even with the windows open and whether the car is parked in the shade.
Moral of the story: avoid leaving your kid in the vehicle at any cost. Butsometimes if your kids are young it can be easy to overlook them that is evidenced by the statistic that 87 percent of sufferers are under or 3. Experts attribute the prosperity of younger victims to how small children are out of view of the driver, but could also be because they may not be able to speak up because of their young age or increased likelihood that the child would be sleeping.
So, what if you observe a kid trapped in a vehicle? Some states have laws in place that protect you from civil or criminal penalties if you break open a window to save the kid. No promises it won’t affect your Illinois car insurance, if it’s your vehicle though. Not all countries have such”Good Samaritan” legislation, so proceed with care and your own best judgement.
Regrettably, not all countries have laws that explicitly say it is illegal to leave your kid in a vehicle, either. And although a really low proportion of those child casualties are due to purposely leaving children in hot cars, passing legislation can attract more focus to this widespread problem and save lives.
But, for today, it’s vital to spread awareness and remind parents to double check their cars before leaving it and remind children to not play near automobiles. Also, keep your eyes peeled and be prepared to act if you happen to encounter a trapped child.