GREENSBORO, N.C. - It's something that happens every summer season across the nation.
A parent accidentally leaves their child locked in a hot car.
The common mistake can result in serious injuries or death for the child.
According to Kids and Cars, a safety organization, an average of 37 children die from heat-related deaths each year after being trapped inside vehicles.
More than 750 children have died due to pediatric vehicular heatstroke since 1998.
There's already been a total of 12 pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths so far this year.
North Carolina ranks #6 in the nation in child hot car deaths with 34 fatalities since 1991.
Even with the windows cracked, the temperature inside a car can reach 125 degrees in minutes.
Heat stroke is the main concern.
A child's body overheats 3‐5 times faster than an adult body.
The symptoms and signs of heat stroke include a high body temperature of 103 or higher, headache, dizziness, confusion, and hot, red, dry, or damp skin.
If you believe a child is suffering from a heat stroke, you can take action and move the child to a cooler place.
You can also try to lower the child's temperature with cool cloths.
If you see a child alone and trapped in a hot vehicle, notify parking security and call 911 immediately.
Kids and Cars offers the following safety tips for parents and caregivers to prevent hot car deaths:
- Look Before You Lock. Check the back seat before leaving your car.
- Create Friendly Reminders. Place something you need in the back seat, like your cell phone or handbag.
- Set An Alarm. For long trips and before driving, set an alarm on your phone to remind you to check the car.
- Be on alert. Pay attention and be extra attentive to children, especially during schedule changes, holidays, or emergency situations.
- Use Drive-Thru Services. If you're headed to a restaurant, bank, or any other service area, use the drive‐thru to avoid getting out of the car and accidentally leaving your child behind.