And now for a blog topic we never thought would be necessary – Tips for NOT forgetting your child or pet in the car during searing-hot summer weather. The entire nation is watching the legal case develop against the parents of the Georgia toddler who died when left in his father’s SUV and it seems few believe the story that Justin Ross Harris forgot to drop off little Cooper at his daycare before heading to work. Whether they’re telling the truth is debatable, particularly in the Harris case, parents and guardians of children left in hot cars say they simply forgot their children in more than half of reported cases.
Thus far in 2014, 17 children have died of heatstroke suffered after being left in hot cars – and we’re only half way through the year. Last year 44 US children died this way. Here’s why, according to research collected in the 606 cases of children left alone in vehicles between 1998 and 2013:
Culprits often argue that they left their children or pets in the car to run into a store for “just a minute.” Turns out these people typically prove to be terrible judges of time. Plus, few realize just how quickly the interior of a vehicle can hit triple digits, even when the car is parked in the shade, the windows are down and the temperature outside seems mild. Truth is, even on days when the weather is a cool 60 degrees, a car’s interior can top 110 degrees in minutes.
To help avoid such a situation, E3 Spark Plugs offers these tips:
Remember that children’s bodies absorb heat at rates three to five times faster than adults because they’re not fully developed. And, dogs don’t have sweat glands all over their bodies like we do, so they have just two ways to cool off – by panting and by releasing heat through their paws.
From all of us here at E3 Spark Plugs, be mindful of keeping your children and pets safe in cars. And if you catch someone else failing their own kids or pets, don’t hesitate to get help. A little life may depend on it.