40 children have already died so far this year:

# Date City Temp Name Age
40 10/11/2017 Natalbany, LA 89° Daverick Michael Coffey 8 mo
39 9/25/2017 Birmingham, AL 87° Dra Kadyn Hudson 3 yr
38 9/11/2017 St. Louis, MO 81° Tate Mitchell 1 yr
37 8/31/2017 Metairie, LA 90° Claire Li 11 mo
36 8/28/2017 Milledgeville, GA 85° Cyrus Gray 6 mo
35 8/23/2017 Mason, OH 80° Sofia Aveiro 8 mo
34 8/21/2017 Mobile, AL 93° Kamden Johnson 5 yr
33 8/18/2017 Pensacola, FL 95° Jai’ner Barnes 3 yr
32 8/07/2017 Orlando, FL 93° Myles K. Hill 3 yr
31 8/04/2017 Luther, OK 86° Presley Walker 4 mo
30 7/29/2017 Phoenix, AZ 103° Josiah Riggins 1 yr
29 7/28/2017 Phoenix, AZ 101° Zane Endress 7 mo
28 7/28/2017 Reidsville, GA 97° Jakob Eli Camacho 3 yr
27 7/27/2017 Laramie, WY 84° Wyatt Woodrow Dixon 4 mo
26 7/25/2017 Portales, NM 93° Maliya Jones 22 mo
25 7/19/2017 Sumter, SC 91° Mekhi Rembert 1 yr
24 7/15/2017 Las Vegas, NV 114° Chase Lee 3 yr
23 7/15/2017 Delray Beach, FL 84° Khayden Saint Sauver 23 mo
22 7/14/2017 Gatlinburg, TN 91° Kipp Phillips 2 yr
21 7/8/2017 Chattanooga, TN 90° Kiara McCullough 11 mo
20 7/2/2017 Mary Ester, FL 89° Timothy Christopher McCoy 7 wks
19 7/1/2017 Mooresville, NC 90° Girl 3 yr
18 6/24/2017 St. George, UT 105° Abraham Royal 2 yr
17 6/23/2017 Twin Falls, ID 85° Natalie Ross 10 mo
16 6/23/2017 Ft. Worth, TX 101° Keandre Goodman 3 yr
15 6/23/2017 Houston, TX 96° Justin Huynh 7 mo
14 6/15/2017 Tucker, GA 93° Skylar Fowler 1 yr
13 6/12/2017 West Memphis, AR 88° Christopher Gardner 6 yr
12 6/7/2017 Kerrville, TX 87° Addson Overgard-Eddy 2 yr
11 6/7/2017 Kerrville, TX 87° Brynn Hawkins 1 yr
10 5/26/2017 Weatherford, TX 96° Juliet Ramirez 1 yr
9 5/26/2017 Weatherford, TX 96° Cavanaugh Ramirez 2 yr
8 5/20/2017 Caldwell, ID 75° Kyrae Vineyard 5 mo
7 4/14/2017 Burleson, TX 82° Kingston Jackson 23 mo
6 4/7/2017 Vestavia, AL 68° Christian Evan Sanders 1 yr
5 4/05/2017 Pt. Pleasant, WV 84° Abel Stephens 19 mo
4 3/29/2017 Carbon Hill, AL 84° Giuliana Susan Grace Ramirez 14 mo
3 3/28/2017 Ville Platte, LA 92° Addyson Bertrand 3 yr
2 2/28/2017 Brandon, FL 90° Jacob Manchego 2 yr
1 2/06/2017 Pinecrest, FL 82° Samuel Schnall 1 yr

Previous Years:  2016,  2015,  2014,  2013,  2012,  2011,  2010,  2009,  2008,  2007,  2006,  2005,  2004,  2003,  1998 ‑ 2002

  (The chart above is from www.noheatstroke.org )

Heatstroke deaths are not rare, isolated tragedies.  In an average year, an innocent child dies of heatstroke in a vehicle once every ten days.  Safe Kids Metro KC wants to make sure that no child has to die this way.  One way to do this is to share the message with everyone, and everywhere possible, because one of the biggest challenges is that nobody thinks this could ever happen to them. But it can happen to anyone.

According to www.safekids.org, almost 800 children have died in these preventable tragedies since they started keeping track in 1990.  An average of 37 children die needlessly every year from vehicular heatstroke.

In 2016 a total of 39 children died across the United States.

In the majority of cases, a loving, responsible parent or caregiver actually forgot that the child was in the car.  The next most common reason is that the child got into the vehicle on their own and was unable to get out.

“A child’s body absorbs more heat than an adult’s. A temperature of 107 degrees is lethal to a little child,” explains DuJuan Hord, Safe Kids Metro KC Coordinator.  “Parents and caregivers can help avoid this unthinkable tragedy by learning some new habits when they’re transporting little ones.”

Remember to ACT:

A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.

C: Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone, that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you are not following your normal routine.

T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.

Take it a Step Further: Create Reminders and Communicate with Daycare

  • Make a habit of looking in the vehicle – front and back – before locking the door.
  • Use a visual reminder like a window sticker to help yourself and others remember your child.
  • Create a calendar reminder for your electronic devices to make sure you dropped your child off at daycare.
  • Ask your childcare center or babysitter to call or text you if your child doesn’t arrive on time.
  • Place a toy in the passenger seat of your vehicle as a reminder that there is a child in the car.
  • If there’s a diaper bag, put it in the front seat.

Sometimes it’s a by-stander who is able to help by taking immediate action if they see a child alone in a vehicle.  In 2016, several quick-thinking women at a mall in the Kansas City area were able to rescue a child who had been left in a car outside a shoe store. This was one incident with a happy ending. However, they struggled to find an appropriate tool with which to break the window.

The organization KidsAndCars.org offers a small tool called resqme™, an all-in-one window breaker and seatbelt cutter that fits on a keychain.  To break the glass, simply tap the spring-loaded device on the corner of a car window. (http://www.kidsandcars.org/resqme-tool/)

There is not just one thing that will end hot car deaths.  The problem is multi-faceted.  For instance, technology to warn the driver a child has been left in the car, as well as legislation to make it mandatory, is in the works.  As a result of Safe Kids efforts, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT), is once again planning to post the messages on their electronic SCOUT highway signs all over the state this summer, and it’s been printed on the back of their driver training booklets since last year.

Another powerful tool is social media. Using the hashtags #heatstrokekills and #lookbeforeyoulock, Safe Kids will post facts and safety tips throughout the summer months about ways to prevent child vehicular heatstroke.  Please join the effort, and share the life-saving message.

A wealth of facts, statistics, charts and resources are available at https://www.safekids.org/heatstroke ;   NoHeatStroke and http://www.kidsandcars.org/heatstroke-day.html

Contacts:

DuJuan Hord, Safe Kids Metro KC Coordinator, dhord@mchc.ent (816) 283-6242 ext. 244

Anne Biswell, Communications Coordinator, MCHC abiswell@mchc.net (816) 283-6242 ext. 226

 

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