Welcome! We have set up this site to assist parents, teachers, and childcare providers with child
vehicular heatstroke awareness and prevention.
Take ACTION to prevent child hot car deaths!
"What???? How could someone forget a child in the backseat? What kind of monster would do that?" you may be asking right now....
Contrary to public perception, the majority of child hot car deaths happen as a result of a responsible, loving parent unintentionally forgetting his/her precious cargo in the backseat (often a child in a rear-facing car seat and/ or sleeping; most frequently less than two years of age). Unfortunately, children being forgotten in the backseat and subsequently dying of heatstroke represents an unintended consequence of placing our children in the backseat to avoid front passenger seat airbag deployment injuries----child vehicular heatstroke was practically unheard of prior to placing kids in the backseat, as illustrated by the above graph (courtesy of KidsAndCars.org)
Though the backseat is much safer for children in the event of a car crash, parents must be aware that this placement may increase their risk of forgetting their children due to diminished visibility and the potential for distractions while driving (eg: "out of sight, out of mind"). Thus, Ray Ray's Pledge strongly recommends that you create multiple safety nets/ arrival confirmation plans around your daily child transport activities to confirm arrival of your children at their intended destinations, ESPECIALLY if there is a change in routine (eg: someone different dropping child off at daycare, running late, new school/ preschool routines, traffic detours/ changes in traffic patterns).
WHY RAY RAY'S PLEDGE?
DAYCARE DROP-OFF IS
A HIGH-RISK TIME OF DAY FOR CHILD VEHICULAR HEATSTROKE TRAGEDIES!
- Forgotten Daycare Drop-off is the #1 known source of child hot car deaths
- These children were unintentionally forgotten in the backseat
- Their whereabouts went unquestioned throughout the day
- ONE phone call may have saved them
TIMING IS CRUCIAL!
- A child's body heats up 3-5 times faster than an adult body
- The temperature inside a vehicle can increase by 40 degrees in less than an hour---EVEN when it's not hot outside!!!
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