(Dodge County) The Dodge County Traffic Safety Commission is warning the public about the dangers of vehicle related heatstroke. Outside of crashes, heatstroke is the number one vehicle related killer of children within the united states. 2019 figures show that Wisconsin saw five deaths due to heat related causes, with the state seeing 17 deaths and thousands of residents falling ill or being hospitalized due to heat related conditions over the last five years. Dodge County Public Health Officer Abby Sauer reminds residents “As outside temperatures rise, the risk of children dying from vehicular heatstroke increases.” Sauer says, “One child dies from heatstroke nearly every 10 days in the united states from being left in a car or crawling into an unlocked vehicle.” The Dodge County Traffic Safety Commission offers up these tips.
Never leave a child in a vehicle unattended.
Make it a habit to look in the back seat every time you exit the car.
Always lock the car and put the keys out of reach.
If you see a child left in a hot vehicle the Dodge County Traffic Safety Commission recommends checking to see if the child is ok and responsive, calling 911 immediately if they are not. If the child appears ok, you should attempt to locate the parents or seek out facility security or management so the vehicles owner can be paged. If the child is nonresponsive, or appears in distress, attempt to get into the car to assist the child, and call 911 for emergency assistance.