St. Lawrence County Traffic Safety Program warns local residents about dangers of hot cars, children
Monday, June 10, 2019 - 5:51 am

The St. Lawrence County Traffic Safety Program is warning North Country residents about the dangers of hot cars and leaving children in them.

Summer is just around the corner, and with the weather warming up resident must be aware of the dangers of leaving children behind in hot cars, as it can become deadly within minutes, a St. Lawrence County Traffic Safety Program press release said.

On a hot day a car can heat up by 20 degrees in just 10 minutes. On average, 38 children die from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside vehicles every year. Even the best parents or caregivers can leave a sleeping baby/child in the car. Resulting in serious injury or even death.

Heatstroke is one of the leading causes of non-crash related fatalities among children. In 2018, 52 children lost their lives in hot cars, making it the deadliest year on record in the past 20 years, according to the National Safety Council.

“Heatstroke begins when the body’s core reaches 104 degrees and about 107 degrees is lethal” says Carrie Conger, St. Lawrence County Child Passenger Safety Program. “Unfortunately sometimes we get busy, change up our normal routine, or have someone else drive the kids.”

The St. Lawrence County Child Passenger Safety Program would like to help these horrible events from happening with these safety reminders.

• Look before you lock. Make it a habit to always look before you lock up the vehicle. Check the back seat, and then check again.

• Keep your vehicle locked when parked and keep your keys up and out of reach of children. 3 out of 10 deaths happen when an unattended child gets access to a vehicle.

• Take Action! “Good Samaritan” laws offer legal protection for those who offer assistance in an emergency. Don’t wait, call 911 immediately, get the child out of the vehicle, and then spray the child with cool water.

• Remember the warning signs of heatstroke as it can help save a life: 1. Red, hot or moist skin, no sweating, fast or slow pulse, nausea and confusion.

For additional information on children in cars and heatstroke. Contact Carrie Conger St. Lawrence County Traffic Safety. 315-386-2207. [email protected].

These events are funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with a grant from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.