Heatstroke – Awareness and Prevention

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Help put a stop to hot car deaths – Tweetup on August 20

Summer may be winding down, and nights may be getting cooler, but even with an outside temperature of 60º, temperatures inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels. This can be deadly for a child who has been left unattended or gotten trapped inside a vehicle.

Tragically in the United States, every 10 days a child dies as a result of vehicular heatstroke. Since 1998, there have been more than 800 deaths, including 34 already this year, according to Jan Null, who tracks the incidents through NoHeatstroke.org.

The sickening truth? These deaths were 100% preventable.

Education is the first step in prevention, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is leading the charge, but we can’t spread this lifesaving message without your help.

On Tuesday, August 20, we will be tweeting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET about the dangers of heatstroke, and offering prevention tips. We invite you to share your own message that day, too. Let’s blast a powerful, loud, and unified safety message all over the web.

Encourage your social network to share the message, too. Each share gets us closer to eliminating these tragedies.

Please don’t ignore our cry for help. Join NHTSA in spreading the message. Let’s stop this troubling trend, stop the heartbreak, and stop children from dying in hot cars.


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