Number of Kids Killed by Heat Strokes in Cars Rose in 2010

Despite the best efforts made by several non- and government organizations, backed by private business like OnStar, the number of children that have died last year because of heat strokes in cars has risen to a new record high.

The unfortunate events of last year (one of the hottest years in the history of the planet) killed 49 American children. This year, the organization that is at the forefront at the battle for the safety of children, Safe Kids USA, recorded the first death caused by heat last week in Texas.

As it has happened throughout last year, one of the main causes of the deaths of kids while inside cars is not the heat itself, but the fact that the parents or caregivers leave the children in the cars for a considerable amount of time, while the outside temperatures are rising.

As a result, Safe Kids USA plans ahead this year and announced the start of a campaign meant to prevent such accidents from occurring this year. Called Never Leave Your Child Alone in a Car, the program will bring together police and fire, hospitals, government agencies, child care centers, businesses in an effort to remind everyone that a kid is not a briefcase you can leave in the car unattended.

The program comes with a series of recommendations and tips that are meant to help parents not to leave the kids in the car. The tips and tricks can be found at the following link.

As a personal note, yours truly has stated ever since last year the position on the subject. For reasons which you can find in the editorial that has caused outrage among our readers last year, I have to say, once again, that I find, for instance, the following piece of advice to be mind boggling:

“Place a cell phone, PDA, purse, briefcase, gym bag or something that is needed at your next stop on the floor in front of a child in a backseat. This will help you see your child when you open the rear door and reach for your belongings.”
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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