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HOT CARS KILL! LOOK BEFORE YOU LOCK

BSFR JOINS HEATSTROKE PREVENTION DAY ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Date: July 30, 2013                                                 PIO Number: 13-7-31
 
MEDIA DEMONSTRATION
WHEN: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Wednesday, 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 ten days from being left alone in a hot car. Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle fatalities for children under 14 years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA).


July 31 is National Heatstroke Prevention Day. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue will host a media safety demonstration to show how quickly a hot car can become deadly. In the first ten minutes alone, the temperature inside a car can easily climb 20 degrees. Thermometers placed inside a car and thermal imaging cameras will be used to monitor the rising mercury during the high-noon South Florida sun.


From 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday, BSFR and the Broward Sheriff’s Office will participate in NHSTA’s social media conversation by tweeting, re-tweeting, facebook posting safety tips, photos and video from the media demonstration.
Join the social media conversation on twitter @browardsheriff, @bsopio and on the Broward Sheriff’s Office (official) facebook page.


Did you know? Safercar.gov says:

Children’s body temperatures can rise five times faster than that of an adult.
Heatstroke can happen when outside temps are as low as 57 degrees.
With temperatures in the 60’s, a car can heat up well above 110 degrees .


This report by:
Mike Jachles/PIO
07/30/13 1430

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