Erlanger Children’s Hospital holds hyperthermia prevention event

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Children’s Hospital at Erlanger held an event in 93 degree weather this afternoon to demonstrate why it’s more dangerous than you may imagine to leave young kids in an unattended vehicle.

Doctor’s say these incidents are especially tragic because they are 100% preventable.

On a parking lot at Erlanger, with temps in the 90’s outside…it was 151 degrees in a vehicle.

The hospital sponsors Safe and Sound, an injury prevention and education program. It offers tips on how to avoid threats to children..especially hyperthermia.

“Children do not have the same mechanisms in their body that adults and young adults do. So they will heat up in that environment 3 to 5 times more quickly than an adult will”, said Medical Director and M.D. Darwin Koller.

Last year in the U.S. there were 39 deaths to children in hot cars. This equals about one child dying every 10 days.

Today’s program was directed to parents and guardians who can keep that from happening.

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