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Published on Aug 10, 2012
Every year, children die of heatstroke, also known as hyperthermia, while unattended in vehicles. Yet, in the first 7 days of August 2012, 8 children died this way, reaching a record number of child heatstroke deaths within a week.
Heat stroke happens when the body cannot cool itself fast enough and the core temperature rises to dangerous levels. Children's bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult's. Sadly, more than 550 children have died this way since 1998.
Safe Kids is urging everyone to ACT: -Avoid hyperthermia-related deaths by never leaving your child alone in a car and always locking doors and trunks. -Create reminders and habits for you and your child's caregivers to ensure you don't forget your child. -Take action if you see a child unattended in a vehicle by immediately calling 911