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July 31 Is National Heatstroke Prevention Day
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July 31 Is National Heatstroke Prevention Day

Pinellas County, Florida -- A child dies from heatstroke every 10 days from being left alone in an unattended vehicle. In fact, heatstroke is the leading cause of a non-crash vehicle fatality for children 14 and younger.

On Wednesday, July 31, Pinellas County Public Safety Services is joining a national effort to raise awareness about this preventable tragedy with a Social Media Conversation Day.

On this day, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is asking the public to share safety messages through Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #heatstroke.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

  • A child’s body absorbs more heat on a hot day than does an adult’s body
  • High body temperatures can cause permanent injury or even death in children
  • Ten minutes is all the time it takes for a car to reach deadly temperatures
  • In 52 percent of cases, children are “forgotten” by their caregiver
  • In 29 percent of cases, children enter the vehicle on their own
  • Caregivers are urged to never leave a child alone in a car

More information about National Heatstroke Prevention Day can be found at http://www.nhtsa.gov/safety/hyperthermian and http://www.safercar.gov/parents/heatstroke.htm.

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