There is no margin for error in leaving children behind in vehicles
According to SAFE KIDS, an average of 25 children die each year in America as the result of being left in a car on a warm day. One study conducted by San Francisco University identified 42 hyperthermia deaths in 2003 and 35 in 2004. All involved children. The persons responsible for the care of these children included parents, relatives, babysitters, and even child care provider organizations.
The temperature inside a car can quickly reach fatal levels for young children, even in outside temperatures as low as 60 degrees. A car’s internal temperature can heat up 40 or more degrees in a matter of minutes. In one test conducted on a 93-degree day, the car’s internal temperature reached 125 degrees in about 20 minutes. Leaving a window cracked has little effect on a cars internal temperature.
Children are more vulnerable to heat because their body temperatures increase three to five times faster than an adult’s. Heat stroke can occur when the body core temperature reaches 104 degrees, and a body core temperature of 107 degrees is considered lethal.
Measures to prevent leaving a child in a hot or unattended vehicle
Procedures for fieldtrips
The most effective procedure for loading and unloading the bus ensures that everyone is accounted for. A “head-count” alone is not good enough, but counting children does have its purposes.
Procedures for pick up and drop off
The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as all encompassing, or suitable for all situations, conditions, and environments. Please contact us or your attorney if you have any questions.