Act Fast. Save a Life.
Heatstroke is the number one killer of children, outside of car crashes. That's why the Office of EMS is supporting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) efforts to reduce these deaths by reminding the EMS community about educating parents and caregivers about the dangers of heatstroke and leaving children in hot cars. In 2015 there were 24 heatstroke deaths of children in vehicles.
As outside temperatures rise, the risks of children dying from being left alone inside a hot vehicle also rises. One child dies from heatstroke nearly every 10 days from being left in a hot vehicle, but what is most tragic is that these deaths could have been prevented.
The "Act Fast. Save a Life." campaign encourages every person to learn about the dangers of leaving children in locked cars, and to spread awareness of ways to prevent these tragedies from occurring. Campaign materials including press releases, fact sheets and social media icons are available online. For more information, please visit www.safercar.gov
To read more about heatstroke, please visit the following resources:
Heat Waves Are Health Threats (healthfinder.gov)
Heat Stroke in Dogs (Pet MD)