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3 Tips to Prevent Accidental Hyperthermia This Summer

In layman’s terms Hyperthermia is basically death by heat. According to the Department of Geosciences at San Francisco State University, approximately 38 children die from it every year, and 51% of those deaths are due to a caregiver “forgetting” a child in the vehicle.

The stories are heartbreaking. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain a parent feels to lose a child from something so preventable. It’s easy for us to judge, but as to whether or not these parents should be charged with murder, it needs to happen on a case by case basis.

My gut reaction is to say, “that would never happen to me” but the truth is, there have been times I needed to do a double take. Especially now that I have 2 children. “Did I bring the baby with me?” has ran through my head while driving on more than one occasion.

Janette Fennell, the President and Founder of KidsAndCars.org, shares 3 tips to stay safe this summer because, let’s be honest, anyone really could forget a kid in a car.


  • Look Before You Lock 1 of 3
    Look Before You Lock
    Chances are you aren't going to leave your bra in the back of your vehicle but it made you look didn't it? Simply putting something essential (such as a cell phone, purse or company ID badge) in the back seat with your child will make you glance at the back seat.
  • Front Seat Buddy 2 of 3
    Front Seat Buddy
    Keep a stuffed animal in your child's car seat, and when you put your child in the seat, put the stuffed animal up front with you. It's a simple, cute reminder that you have a second passenger in the vehicle with you.
  • Back Up Calls 3 of 3
    Back Up Calls
    Morning are busy, especially when you are rushing to work and dropping a child off at daycare. Have a policy with your child care provider that if you haven't dropped your child off by a certain time, they should give you call.

Find more preventative tips at Babble’s Summer Safety Guide

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