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{summer safety tips for traveling with kids}

On warm Summer days it is really important not to leave your kids alone in the car
The temperatures inside a parked car — even when the windows are left open a crack — rise quickly: After just 10 minutes without AC, the temperature rises by 13°. After 30 minutes, the temperature is almost 30° higher than the outside temperature.

Summer Safety Tips for Traveling with Kids - Why it's important to never leave your kids alone in the car and how to prevent a heatstroke. Read more on {nifty thrifty things}

Every year approximately 37 children die after being left unattended in a car, because parents underestimate or are unknowing about the risks. There really isn’t any temperature when it’s safe to leave a child alone in a car as their little bodies heat up 3–5 times faster than an adult’s and they can’t regulate their body temperature enough through perspiration. When a child’s core temperature reaches 107 degrees, brain injury or even death can occur.

This video brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it, but it shows how important it is to think twice before leaving your child alone in a car..

 

How to ensure that your kids travel comfortably during Summer
Aside from making sure to never leave your child unattended in a car, it also is important to ensure your kids travel comfortably during Summer. When you take longer trips, make sure to stop frequently and check on them; let them get some fresh air and stretch their legs.

Also make sure to keep your kids’ heads out of direct sunlight, by providing shade with sun canopies or window shades.

A few tips for safe travels during Summer:

  • Put light and thin clothing on your child
  • Make sure your child drinks enough
  • Use window shades to block out sun
  • Make frequent stops to get fresh air
  • For little children, pick a car seat with a big sun canopy and high spf
  • For older children, see if a sun canopy can be attached to your car seats, especially when they ride in the passenger seat.

What helped us out a lot when we traveled to Houston last month (with at least 95° weather), was wrapping a muslin cloth (we used a swaddling blanket) around the headrest of the car seat. Muslin is a way more breathable material than the car seat cover and helps prevent unneccessary sweating.

Summer Safety Tips for Traveling with Kids - Why it's important to never leave your kids alone in the car and how to prevent a heatstroke. Read more on {nifty thrifty things}

 

Help spreading the word!
Many parents don’t realize how quickly temperatures can rise in a parked car and how dangerous this can be if children are left unattended. Heat is perceived differently by adults and they oftentimes don’t recognize the danger.

Together with Besafe, I’m trying to spread the word and educate about the dangers of leaving your kids behind. If you’d like to help raise awareness, you can download this flyer and distribute it at your daycare or other places with young children. One day you might just save a life!

 

Summer Safety Tips for Traveling with Kids - Why it's important to never leave your kids alone in the car and how to prevent a heatstroke. Read more on {nifty thrifty things}

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7 Comments

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    Meg
    Wednesday August 16th, 2017 at 10:58 PM

    That is a really interesting chart. I’ve always known not to leave kids in the car, but seeing the numbers is shocking. Also, I love your tip about the muslin blanket. I’ll have to remember that one!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday August 20th, 2017 at 08:38 PM

      It really is shocking when you see how quickly temperatures actually rise!
      Thank you so much for your comment, Meg!
      XO, Vanessa

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    Lindsay
    Thursday August 17th, 2017 at 02:31 PM

    Oh gosh, I wish this was a mandatory read for all parents — it makes me sick to hear stories of children left in hot cars. Thanks for spreading the word.

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    Patrick @ looneyforfood.com
    Sunday August 20th, 2017 at 02:44 AM

    I can’t believe some people would actually leave kids in a car!!!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday August 20th, 2017 at 08:41 PM

      I know, it’s unbelievable how people actually do that. So, I hope I can help spread the word and educate people about the dangers.
      All the best from Germany,
      Vanessa

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    brittany
    Tuesday August 22nd, 2017 at 09:55 PM

    Great tips! I always dread reading these new articles about kids in the car.

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