As parents and caregivers return to their Pre-COVID-19 routines, it’s more important than ever to take steps to protect children as we head into summer. With the rising daytime temps of the summer comes the risk of children being left behind or getting stuck in a sweltering hot car.
Nearly 1,000 children have died in hot cars in the past three decades. That’s an average of 39 young lives lost each year. Of the 25 children who died inside hot cars in the U.S. in 2020, two were in Virginia.
AAA Mid-Atlantic, Richmond Ambulance Authority, BabyIn BabyOut and Childcare Aware of Virginia are urging parents and others caring for children to check that back seat to make sure they’re not leaving a child behind in a car where they can become a victim of heatstroke or death. Drivers should also be making sure cars parked at home are locked so children can’t get inside of them and become trapped in the heat.