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National Safety Council: 37 Kids Die in Hot Cars Every Year

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By    |   Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:58 AM

The National Safety Council (NSC) released a report detailing prevention methods to curtail the number of children who die in hot cars, an average of 37 per year.

Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke (PVH) victims numbered 42 in 2017.

The NSC's report, titled "Kids in Hot Cars; a Legislative Look Across the U.S.," details five main objectives in PVH prevention:

  1. "Support stronger laws to protect children from being knowingly left unattended in vehicles."
  2. "Increase awareness and understanding of vehicle heating dynamics."
  3. "Increase awareness of the risk of children gaining access to vehicles on their own."
  4. "Encourage policies for childcare providers."
  5. "Recommend study of factors that contribute to unknowingly leaving a child in a vehicle."

"There is a patchwork system across the country," NSC senior program manager Amy Artuso told CNN. "We are calling for codification or increased consistency across the states. Either pass legislation, or improve existing legislation to better protect children."

Meteorologist Jan Null has been tracking PVH deaths since 1998, and found that in more than half the cases, the child was forgotten by a parent or caregiver.

And given that the temperature inside a vehicle can rise by 20 degrees in just 10 minutes, the NSC is vigorously efforting an awareness program to prevent a preventable tragedy.

"We want parents to always look before they lock," Artuso told CNN. "Many parents who have lived this nightmare have said their mind was on autopilot."

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