are taking action against hot car deaths. Children are especially susceptible to injury, including death, if left in a car in hot weather.
When the sun is shining on a car, it heats up the vehicle's interior at a higher rate than the atmosphere surrounding the car. Leaving a child, or anyone else, in a car without the air conditioner turned on should be avoided, even for a short period of time.
South Carolina raises awareness of hot car fatalities
intended to decrease the number of fatalities resulting from kids being left in hot cars.
The state's Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is hoping to increase awareness of the risk involved. From 1990 to 2020, 21 children reportedly died in hot cars in South Carolina, the 16th most in the country during that span.
There are three main reasons that children are left in cars, all of which are preventable:
The adult runs an errand, intentionally leaving the child in the car.
The child gains access to the vehicle and gets locked inside, without the guardians knowing.
Safety tips from South Carolina and childcare experts
The DHEC and childcare experts list several strategies that adults can use to ensure they don't forget to bring their children out of the car with them.
Keeping cars locked is critical to preventing children from accessing the car alone. Teaching kids at a young age that a car is not a place to play can also help stop them from wanting to get in the car when they shouldn't be there.
When you're driving and taking your child with you, you must make sure you remember they are there, especially if they're in the back seat.
A good strategy for that is to routinely place a needed object—such as a purse or phone—in the back seat, even when you don't have your child with you. And always take your child with you when leave your car to run an errand; don't leave them in the car alone, even for a short time.
Passersby should keep a watchful eye and take action
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Lisa Steuer McArdle is an insurance writer with over 15 years of experience writing and editing content in a variety of industries, including insurance and personal finance. Lisa specializes in taking deep dives into make and model-specific content that helps car owners and buyers make solid money-saving choices. Lisa has written over 350 articles for Jerry on topics including electric vehicles to classic cars. Before joining Jerry, Lisa worked in various aspects of the printing industry as a content writer, developer, and editor and earned her bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Lycoming College.