As Temperatures Rise, Officials Say Keep An Eye On Children

As Temperatures Rise, Officials Say Keep An Eye On Children

The National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration is responsible for the signs on the highway today warning motorists about the dangers of the heat.

MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) – The National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration is responsible for the signs on the highway today warning motorists about the dangers of the heat on young children.

They don’t want anything…or anyone…left inside a hot car.

“Unfortunately heat stroke can lead to death,” Le Bonheur nurse Shayla Williamson said.

Williamson said there is a lot for new parents to think about.

“I have a 10-month-old. First hand I have witnessed how you can become distracted and try to do too many things at one time,” Williamson said.

The slogan of the day is “Look Before You Lock.” If you don’t and there is someone in the back seat, it can lead to heatstroke.

“Heatstroke is basically when the body’s temperature continues to rise rise rise and now the body is extremely hot,” Williamson said.

Williamson said the signs are a little bit more subtle because children are usually very active, very rambunctious, and you know your child.

“The skin can get dry, the mucous membranes can get dry. Most of your body fluids have already sweated out by the time you reach heat stroke,” Williamson said.

Experts say it only takes 10 minutes in these temperatures to reach deadly numbers for kids.

“Just like the car is concealed and the temperature is rising, that child’s body temperature is also rising,” Williamson said.

It is just not just in cars. Adults and kids at plat also need to be mindful of the heat as well.
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