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by Ashley Culver | Jun. 26, 2015, 3:01 PM
With temperatures rising in Middle Tennessee, safety experts at Monroe Carell Jr. Children¹s Hospital at Vanderbilt want to stress the danger of leaving children unattended in vehicles.
According to Safe Kids, an average of 37 children die every year, and for every child who dies, hundreds more are rescued. So far in 2015, there have been at least eight deaths in the United States.
Physicians at Children’s Hospital say a child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s, and when the body’s temperature reaches 104 degrees, the internal organs begin to shut down. Children are placed at extreme risk for severe hyperthermia and heat stroke in just minutes.
“Many people are surprised to learn how hot the inside of a car can actually get. On an 80 degree day, the temperature inside of a car can rise 20 degrees in as little as 10 minutes and keep getting hotter with each passing minute,” said Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program Manager Purnima Unni.
Unni offers the following tips to avoid vehicle-related heat injuries or death:
Community members who see a child left alone in a hot vehicle should immediately take action and call 911.
For more information, please visit Children’s Hospital’s website for detailed safety information http://www.childrenshospital.vanderbilt.org/heatsafety
Ashley Culver, (615) 322-4747
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