The summer months are now officially upon us, and the heat will only continue to rise so now is the time to remind ourselves of several things to keep in mind when we think about our children.

Unfortunately, children die every year after being left in a lock car, so it's a good idea to give ourselves a refresher about what we can do to prevent heatstroke and death from happening to any child.

In Louisiana, there are an overwhelming number of months in the year when temperatures rise, and temperatures get even hotter inside our automobiles.

According to the Acadiana Regional Transportation Safety Coalition, there were fifty-two deaths of children in automoblies.

Ron Czajikowski is the Acadiana Safety Coordinator, and he says that,

"As outside temperatures rise, the risk of children dying from vehicular heatstroke increases. One child dies from heatstroke nearly every ten days in the United State from being left in a car or crawling into an unlocked vehicle. What is most tragic is that every single one of these deaths could have been prevented.

One of the scary statistics that the Acadiana Regional Transportation Safety Coalition says is something people may not know about is that between 1998 and 2018, the state of Louisiana led the nation in the number of fatalities per capita when it comes to children dying of heatstroke. Czajkowski says it is imperative that people keep safety in mind when it comes to their kids and cars. There are a number of things that people need to think through as reminders.

There are several symptoms of heatstroke. If your child has red, hot skin, and they are experiencing a rapid pulse, it could be heatstroke. Always call 911 if you need help.


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