AN APP FOR HOT CARS? YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST
NATIONAL HEATSTROKE PREVENTION DAY
- Date: July 30, 2014 PIO #: 14-7-29
WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 31
WHERE: Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Special Operations Station #32
3400 SW 4 Ave., Ft. Lauderdale
It’s a fact that a child dies every 10 days from being left alone in a hot car. Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle fatalities for children under 14 years of age, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA).
July 31 is National Heatstroke Prevention Day and Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue will team up with Broward Health and host a media safety demonstration to show how quickly a hot car can become deadly. In the first 10 minutes, the temperature inside a car can easily climb 20 degrees. Thermometers placed inside a car will monitor the rising mercury during the high-noon South Florida sun. Dr. Jerry Brooks, medical director/chief of emergency medicine for Broward Health North, will speak about the dangers of heat exhaustion, heatstroke and what happens to the body when subjected to excessive heat, like in hot cars and during periods of high heat indices like what South Florida is currently experiencing. Additionally, a new mobile app, KidSafeAlert, will be debuted during the media demonstration. It allows the user to set a Hot Car Alert that notifies them if the car has been stationary for more than 10 minutes and they haven’t pressed the alarm off button, indicating they have taken their children with them.
BSFR, BSO and Broward Health will participate in the social media conversation with NHSTA and Safe Kids Worldwide by tweeting and Facebook posting safety tips, photos and video from the media demonstration. Join the social media conversation on Twitter @browardsheriff, @bsopio, @BrowardHealth and on the Broward Sheriff’s Office (official) Facebook page.
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