Summer is here and temperatures are rising, especially here in Louisiana. So how do we make sure that we are keeping our children safe from heatstroke?

Unfortunately, it is a fact that every 8 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle. So why does this happen and is it completely preventable? Of course!

Although it seems to be be easier to just leave the kids in the car, if only for minute, it is very dangerous. According to, children's bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s and if left in a hot car, can cause serious injury or even death.

So what are some actions that we can take to prevent such a tragedy? Top tips include remembering to ACT:

A - Avoid. Don't leave your kids in the car, even if only for a minute. Also, lock the car so they can't get in without you present.

C - Create reminders. This is important especially if you're not following your normal routine. Children can be quiet when asleep and sometimes caregivers forget that they are there. Place an object that you may need next to the child, just to remind you that they're there.

T - Take action. Always be willing to call 911 in order to save another child's life.

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