Reading newspapers about hot summer days gives lots of joy, but sometimes also some sadness. Especially articles about car heat strokes and babies. Luckily some articles have a good ending, but unfortunately not all. It is interesting taking a closer look how you can prevent yourself from this situation and here are some tips I found on the internet:
Facts about car heat stroke
- With an outside temperature of 24 degrees celsius, the temperature in the car can rise to 31 degrees Celsius and two hours later even to 36 degrees. If you arrive at your car after six hours, the temperature in the car can even be increased to 50 degrees;
- Between 1990 and 2016 775 children died in the USA because of car heat stroke;
- There are developments for reminder systems in cars, only not yet available in Europe.
Tips to prevent car heat stroke
- Never leave your baby alone in the car
You might consider to leave your baby if you only have a quick car stop for five or ten minutes. However, please remember how fast temperatures rises in your car, even when you’ve opened a window slightly. The body temperatures of babies rises faster than a mature person and a body temperature of 42 degrees can be fatal. If the temperature in the car can increase 6 degrees in one hour, what does it mean in a baby’s body?
- Keep something you need in the backseat
Put your cell phone, briefcase, computer, lunch, ID badge, left shoe, or anything essential to your daily routine beside your child.
- Cover your windscreen with a screen
In winter, screens are handy to prevent scratching when it has frozen; in summer it keeps warmth out. It does not prevent the indoor temperature from rising, but keeps the contact temperature of the dashboard, the steering wheel and the seats lower.Tip: Cover buckles and other items that can get hot with a towel when you leave the car.
- Always allow children to wear clothes in the car. Ensure that children wear a layer of clothing in the car to prevent the skin from coming into direct contact with a glowing hot buckle. Also wearing clothes is safer in case of a collision; The belt can cut into the skin or provide abrasion and burns when carried directly over the skin. Maxi cosi has some proctectors for use of the seat belts. These protectors prevent friction between the skin and the belts. Belt protectors are also available for the standard seat belt. Ideal for children sitting in a car seat group 2 or on an enhancer. These “mature” belt protectors are also available in a thicker version, useful when your child falls asleep in the car.
- Always lock te doors and keep the keys away
In some cases, a child climbs into a car to play and is overcome by heat, becoming disoriented and thus unable to get out. To stop this from happening, you must always lock your car when parked.Keys should be kept out of the reach of children and if a child goes missing, cars and boots should be checked immediately.
- Use sun shades
A wide sun shade on the rear door window can be very useful with babies sitting in the Maxi-Cosi on the back seat. Early in the morning or later in the evening the sun is low and shines exactly through the rear window in the face of your baby.
- Have a plan with a childcare provider
Ask your babysitter or childcare provider to call you if your child hasn’t arrived as scheduled.