Tag Archives: Heat Stroke

Where Are Your Children?

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#HotVehicles Are Not #BabySitters

#HotVehicles are not #BabySitters

In 2018, 51 Children died from heatstroke in a hot, locked vehicle.

I think everyone will agree that too many Children have lost their lives in HOT CARS.

The average number of U.S. child vehicular heat stroke deaths is 38 per year. (one every 9 days)

Eighty‐eight percent (88%) of children who have died from vehicular heat stroke are age 3 and younger.

Fifty‐four percent (54%) of heat stroke deaths in vehicles involve children age one and younger.

See a child alone in a car?  Get involved!  Call 911 ASAP#HeatstrokeKills #LookBeforeYouLock

The summer of 2016, Blair Corbett, Founder of Ark of Hope for Children, and I put our heads together and came up with an effective way to slow, and hopefully stop this killer of Our Children.

  1. Share this with everyone
  2. Use and share Our Hashtag: #HotVehicles are not #BabySitters
  3. Set a “TASK” with alarm in smartphone every time you drive Child/Children, set alarm 10-30 minutes early before arrival at destination to drop off Child/Children (depending on distance).

NOT IN MY WORLD!!!! uses kidsandcars.org because we have found these great people go the extra mile to help and they have great resources.  Here is their Heatstroke Fact Sheet.

The difference between life or death is minutes in a hot car.  #HeatstrokeKills #LookBeforeYouLock

Two Toddlers Die In Hot BabySitter

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Two Toddlers were found in an SUV in front of the home.

5-month-old twins die after being left in SUV

#HotVehicles Are Not #BabySitters

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA  –  The second of twin infants found unresponsive in a vehicle Thursday has died, according to police in Chesterfield County, Virginia.

The 5-month-old twins were found unresponsive around 2:30 p.m. in an SUV in the 2400 block of Alfalfa Lane near Jefferson Davis Highway, according to WTVR.

Police, along with Chesterfield County Fire and EMS responded to the scene and transported the children to Chippenham Hospital.

One of the children was pronounced dead at the hospital Thursday afternoon. The other child died several hours later.

The children, according to neighbors were a boy and a girl.

A woman who lives a few doors down defended the children’s parents through tears.

“They go to work, they come home to their kids.  They’re not any trouble, they’re awesome,” the woman, who declined to be identified, said.

“It’s tragic what happened, I don’t even know how to help them with their pain. It was certainly not an intentionally negligent act, it was a horrific mistake that can never be erased,” said another neighbor, Donna Gusti, who also works with both parents at a nearby Waffle House.

The woman who lives next door to the family said the wife was at work Thursday afternoon when she called her.

“His wife called me at 2 p.m. to wake him up to come and get her from work and that’s when everything happened,” the neighbor said.  “That’s when he found the babies in the car.”

She believes the husband just forgot the babies remained in the car when he got home from dropping his wife off at work.

Police continue to investigate the incident.

Technology To Remember Your Child

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Hot Vehicles Are Not Babysitters, SET A TASK!!!!

Vehicular Heat Stroke Claims Second Child
In 2017

A Child was lost in January, and this second was February 28, 2017,  in front of a daycare where his half-sister has worked for the last six months, in Brandon, Florida.

People point fingers to Law Makers, Car Manufacturers, and even mobile phone app developers.

I knew a lot of people text while driving, but I wanted to make a point here, so I checked out how many states have texting laws.

Currently, 46 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands ban text messaging for all drivers.


I can’t imagine anyone walking in front of a bus while texting or playing a game.

NOW HEAR THIS, all smart phones have an app, which is called CALENDAR, or one closely associated which handles your to-do list, or TASKS.

Tasks are really no different than texts, and I know everyone knows how to text.  I log over 1500 texts every month, but up until last summer when Blair Corbett, Ark of Hope for Children, and I were talking about this very thing, I had never set a TASK in my phone.

OK, your wife asks you to drop the baby off at “Mother’s Day Out” on your way to work tomorrow, which is 8:30am, because you clock-in at 9:00am sharp;

  1. Set Task in your phone to “Drop The Baby at Mother’s Day Out” for the proper date and time. (Make sure the NOTIFICATION is ON.)
  2. No matter where you are, when that alarm goes off, HIT THE SLEEPER, now you are probably saying “How do I hit the sleeper if I am driving”.  You use voice commands, OR you wait until you stop, or you pull into a 7-11 and park, kill your engine, select “SNOOZE”, buckle up, fire the motor back up and drive, because you have 5 minutes until SNOOZE.
  3. Continue to hit snooze until the Baby is safely at Mother’s Day Out, and you are back in your vehicle, ready to finish the drive to work.
  4. Now you can hit dismiss, and put a check mark in the little box, because the Baby is safely at Mother’s Day Out.

I can’t imagine anyone forgetting one of their Children.

Speaking of that, this is a very good article on the subject:

What kind of person leaves a child in a hot car to die?


Kansas Toddler Found In Hot Car

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Kansas Toddler found in hot vehicle Sunday

Small child, 18 months old, dies in hot car Sunday afternoon near Abilene

#HotVehicles are not #BabySitters
Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2016

Dickinson, KS  –  An 18-month-old girl, who had been playing outdoors with her siblings, died Sunday after she was found unresponsive inside a hot car at her home in rural Dickinson County.

She was identified as Olivia Ann Engstrom, the daughter of Clifford and Sharon Engstrom.

Dickinson County Sheriff Gareth Hoffman, who described the incident as “horrible,” said the girl had last been seen “a few hours” before her body was found.  He said no foul play was suspected, based on the initial investigation with family members.

Emergency responders were called about 6:15 p.m. Sunday to the family’s home in the 2800 block of Lark Road, about seven miles northeast of Abilene, after Olivia’s parents found her unresponsive inside the car.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hoffman told The Topeka Capital-Journal on Monday afternoon that Olivia had been outside playing with her siblings when she somehow got into a parked car outside her family’s home.

Hoffman said it hadn’t been determined yet how Olivia got into the car.

“Family members did indicate she was capable of crawling into the vehicle when the doors were open,” he said, “but she wasn’t capable of opening or closing the door.”

Hoffman said the children had been in and out of the family’s home on Sunday afternoon as they played.

“At some point,” Hoffman said, “the young girl got left in the vehicle.”

Information regarding the number of children who were playing and their ages wasn’t available.

Sunday’s high temperature was 92 degrees in Abilene.

An autopsy has been scheduled to determine Olivia’s cause of death.

Hot Vehicle Claims Dallas Toddler

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Dallas Toddler Lost In Hot Vehicle

Child Dies After Being Left in Hot Car

#HotVehicles are not #BabySitters

Dallas Fire-Rescue tells NBCDFW that a child was left in a hot vehicle on Sunday afternoon.  Dallas Police later confirmed the child died and they are investigating the cause.

Dallas Fire Rescue said the 3-year-old child was found in a vehicle in the 11000 block of Shiloh Road near LBJ Freeway and Shiloh Road.

Dallas police have been called and will meet the family at the hospital.

We use KIDS AND CARS.org, because we have found these great people go the extra mile to help and they have great resources.

Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2016: 19, and I believe this number is 20 now.

We have downloaded several really nice resources, including the “Heatstroke Fact Sheet“, which we downloaded this evening.  You can get this in .pdf form here: