It is important to know the facts to prepare for a safe and enjoyable summer for you and those you support.
• Every year, children and vulnerable adults die in hot cars when left unattended. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a car’s temperature can rise about 20 degrees in just 10 minutes. Even when there is an outside temperature of 70 degrees, the temperature inside your car can reach over 115 degrees. A child can die when his/her body temperature reaches 107 degrees.
• Last year, seven people with IDD died of drowning. In 86 percent of the cases, the victim drowned in a near a body of water (lake, river, pond, or swimming pool) after leaving the family home undetected. Sadly, 70 percent of those who drown were under the age of 5.
• By the time a person becomes thirsty, they are probably dehydrated, having lost as much as one to two percent of their body’s water content.
• Approximately every 60 seconds someone in the U.S. sustains a burn injury serious enough to require treatment. During the summer, outside activities like campfires, grills, and fire pits pose additional risks.