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Published On: 7.7.2014 Charlotte, NC

Local Boy Dies of Heat Stroke In Hot Car

On behalf of Robert Dill of Charles G. Monnett III & Associates

 

A 3-year-old Lancaster, SC boy died after suffering heatstroke, according to Carolinas Medical Center. Logan Cox died July 6th, four days after he had a heatstroke when he was stuck in the family car on the hottest day of the year.

Investigators with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office say Logan left the home without his mother knowing it, got into the car with the family dog and somehow was trapped inside.  Logan hadn’t been in the hot car for long when the family found him, from 15 to 20 minutes. In brutally hot temperatures with the doors closed and the windows up, the damage was done.

 

On average, 38 children die in hot cars each year from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside motor vehicles. Even the best of parents or caregivers can unknowingly leave a sleeping baby in a car; and the end result can be injury or even death.

Here are some safety tips from KidsAndCars.org to keep your children safe.

• Never leave children alone in or around cars; not even for a minute.

• Put something you’ll need like your cell phone, handbag, employee ID or brief case, etc., on the floor board in the back seat.

• Get in the habit of always opening the back door of your vehicle every time you reach your destination to make sure no child has been left behind. This will soon become a habit. We call this the “Look Before You Lock” campaign.

• Keep a large stuffed animal in the child’s car seat when it’s not occupied. When the child is placed in the seat, put the stuffed animal in the front passenger seat. It’s a visual reminder that anytime the stuffed animal is up front you know the child is in the back seat in a child safety seat.

• Make arrangements with your child’s day care center or babysitter that you will always call if your child will not be there on a particular day as scheduled. This is common courtesy and sets a good example that everyone who is involved in the care of your child is informed of their whereabouts on a daily basis. Ask them to phone you if your child doesn’t show up when expected. Many children’s lives could have been saved with a telephone call from a concerned child care provider. Give child care providers all your telephone numbers, including that of an extra family member or friend, so they can always confirm the whereabouts of your child.

• Keep vehicles locked at all times; even in the garage or driveway and always set your parking brake.

• Keys and/or remote openers should never be left within reach of children.

• Make sure all child passengers have left the vehicle after it is parked.

• When a child is missing, check vehicles and car trunks immediately.

• If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. If they are hot or seem sick, get them out as quickly as possible. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

• Be especially careful about keeping children safe in and around cars during busy times, schedule changes and periods of crisis or holidays.

• Use drive-thru services when available (restaurants, banks, pharmacies, dry cleaners, etc.)

• Use your debit or credit card to pay for gas at the pump.