Dr. Berchelmann: Preventing Hot Car Deaths
(STLMoms) – In hopes of preventing more deaths, we are talking about kids in hot cars. Since 1998, 579 children have died because of heat strokes related to being left in a hot car. That’s an average of 37 deaths a year.
Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann is a pediatrician with St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Mom Doc. She has some life-saving reminders.
How can we help prevent hot car deaths?
-If you see a child alone in a car, call 911 immediately.
-Use a detachable infant car seat
-Leave a purse, wallet, cell phone, or work ID badge in the back seat
-Never let kids play unattended in a car, even if it is in your driveway.
-Always lock you parked car
-Never leave a child unattended in a car
-Have a plan for your childcare provider or school to call you if your child does not arrive as scheduled.