The Adult Emergency Department at WakeMed Raleigh Campus has not yet seen a big spike in heat-related illnesses and emergency visits. There may be an increase following a longer stretch of extremely high temperatures.
Most often, people heed warnings and stay inside when North Carolina’s humid, summer temperatures first hit. But as these temperatures settle in to stay a while, people may not be able to be as cautious in avoiding extended exposure in the heat as they go about their day and daily routines.
Kids & Hot Cars
- The temperatures inside a car can rise 20 degrees in as little as 10 minutes.
- A child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s, making them more susceptible to heatstroke.
4 Ways to Keep Kids Safe from Heat Stroke
Remember to ACT
- A: Avoid heat stroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.
- C: Create reminders by putting something in the back seat of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.
- T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.
Set-Up Extra Reminders
- Create a calendar reminder for your electronic devices to make sure you dropped your child off at daycare.
- Develop a plan with your daycare so that if your child is late, you’ll be called within a few minutes. Be especially careful if you change your routine for dropping off children at daycare.
Teach Kids Not to Play in Cars
- Make sure to lock your vehicle, including doors and the trunk, when you’re not using it.
- Keep keys and remote entry fobs out of children’s sight and reach.
- Never leave pets unattended in the car or other enclosed outdoor spaces. They can quickly overheat and die.