Letters to the Editor

Letter of the Week: Protect kids from heat stroke this summer

With summer upon us, I remind everyone that children should never be left alone in a car — not even for a minute.

When the temperature exceeds 86 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature inside a car can be 130. This can lead to health consequences within minutes.

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, heat stroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. Some tips that may aid in heat-stroke prevention:

▪ Establish a routine check of your back seat every time you leave the car to make sure no one is left behind.

▪ Place personal belongings in the back seat for an additional reason to check the back seat.

▪ Because some parents go straight to work and might inadvertently leave a child in the car, set a cellphone alarm to the same time each day to remind yourself to drop off your child at day care or school.

Most important, call 911 if you see children unattended in a car. One call could save a life.

Loan Nguyen, M.D., 28, of Prairie Village is a pediatric resident in Kansas City. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.