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Safety issues for children in hot weather

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Attorney Ronald E. Johnson of Schachter & Hendy concentrates on legal issues surrounding children's injuries.

Summer is here and with more intense sun, comes extreme heat. Parents should learn some important facts to keep their children safe in the heat.

According to Safe Kids USA, heat affects children more easily than it affects adults so parents should watch their children carefully for any sign of heat stroke or dehydration. Last year 42 children died in the U.S. from heat stroke caused by being left or trapped in a vehicle.

Heat stroke happens when a child's core body reaches a temperature of 104 degrees F. A core body temperature of 107 degrees F is fatal.

It's really important that parents make sure their children don't accidentally get locked in a car, so they should make sure they keep the car doors and trunk locked and keep keys and remotes away from children. They should make sure to NEVER leave a child alone in a car for any reason for any amount of time.

Parents can be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) these signs include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness or weakness, dizziness or headache, sick stomach or vomiting, or faintness.

To prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke, parents should make sure the keep children indoors with air conditioning in cases of extreme heat and drink plenty of water (not sugary drinks) if they are outdoors and and active.
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