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Scorching Heat Has University Professor Reminding Parents to Check Back Seat

July 31, 2013

Heat stroke prevention

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The temperature on the campus of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is forecast to be 97 degrees with a heat index of 107 degrees on July 31, ironically National Heatstroke Prevention Day.  Dr. Philip Rhoades, Director of the Center for Social Science Research, says weather like this can kill a child left alone in a car in just minutes.

“The inside of a vehicle, left in the sun in 80 degree temperature, will reach 90 degrees in ten minutes and 114 degrees in thirty minutes,” said Rhoades.  “Children’s small bodies heat up 4 to 5 times faster than adults and it only takes 10 minutes for these temperatures to become deadly for a child.”  

This year, three Texas children have died from heatstroke after being left unattended in hot vehicles.  If you see a child alone in a hot car, you should call 911 immediately and if possible get the child out of the car. 

“Place a stuffed animal in car seats when they are not in use and move the animal to the front seat to remind you the child is in the vehicle when driving,” said Rhoades. “Always look in the back seat before you lock the vehicle.”

Rhoades oversees the Safe Communities Driver Safety Campaign, which focuses on topics including safety belts, sharing the road with bicyclists, aggressive driving, speeding, distracted driving, and cell phone use while driving. In partnership with the Nueces County Safe Communities Coalition, Rhoades has distributed more than 100,000 student-generated brochures and makes dozens of safety presentations annually.

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