First 5 Kern Commission Meeting
Wednesday, October 3, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
Kern County Superintendent of Schools
1300 17th Street, Board Room 1A
Where’s Baby? Look before you lock!
Never leave your child alone in a car – Not for a minute, not for a second!
Already in 2016, 16 children have died from heatstroke after being left alone in a hot vehicle. A child dies this way about every 10 days. In fact, heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle fatality for kids 14 and under.
July is Purple ribbon month in honor of 6-month old Kaitlyn Marie Russell, who died after being left in a vehicle by a caregiver.
Kaitlyn’s Law makes it a citable offense for parents or caregivers to leave children under age 6 unattended in a vehicle without the supervision of someone at least 12 years old.
Did you know?
- A child’s body heats more quickly than an adult’s and will shut down at 107 degrees.
- 10 minutes is all the time it takes for a car to reach a deadly temperature.
- In 52% of cases, the child was forgotten by the caregiver.
- In more than 29% of the cases, kids got into the vehicles on their own.
- If you see a child alone in a vehicle, call 911 immediately. If the child is in distress due to heat, get that child out as quickly as possible. Cool the child rapidly by spraying the child with cool water.
For more information, please visit www.safercar.gov/heatstroke or www.safekids.org