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I am a 14-year volunteer Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Technician and child safety and animal rights, advocate.
This fundraising request aims to raise awareness through the purchase and giveaways of certified devices added to the child safety seat (CRS) to prevent child heatstroke deaths from being forgotten in hot automobiles.
The campaign will run through the summer to raise $20,000 to place child-sensing technology in every child's car seat.
Giveaways will be held at various TBA child seat inspection locations
Your input and suggestions are greatly appreciated
Let's dive into how this campaign will save lives!
A Global Concern
Since 1998, hundreds of children have died every summer from automotive-related heatstroke due to being inadvertently forgotten in hot automobiles.
This is not due to bad parenting. "Even the best parents or caregivers can unknowingly leave a sleeping baby in a car, resulting in injury or death." Kids And Cars
Hot Car Danger
While parked in the sun, an automobile's interior temperature could increase up to 10 degrees every 5 minutes
. So, it’s never safe to leave a child unattended in a car. It’s important to understand that children are more vulnerable to heatstroke due to their diminutive stature.
Moreover, the child's body's ability to cool itself is 4-5 times less efficient than that of an adult. Even with an exterior temperature as low as 60F/15.5c, the interior temperature in a car parked in the sun may become deadly in less than an hour.
Heatstroke Deaths of Children in Vehicles
Since 1998, there have been more than 900 preventable children Pediatric Vehicular
Heatstroke (PVH) deaths.
• 52.60% - Forgotten by caregiver (477 children)
• 25.80% - Gained Access on their own (234)
• 20.10% - Knowingly left by caregiver (182)
• 1.43 % - Unknown (13)
"Tone deaf" solutions are no solution
"Remembering to place a visual cue like a mobile phone, shoe, purse or briefcase placed in the back with the child." This suggests that an overtasked, stressed child guardian with a memory problem will always have time to anticipate new tasks and plan accordingly. This expectation is unrealistic and inconsistent with the nature of these occurrences.
How does this happen?
Most of these occurrences are due to involuntary acts of forgetfulness committed by overtasked, distracted secondary child guardians or new parents. Typically, the secondary child guardian works outside of the home. Their usual routine at that time of day does not include the child's presence in their automobile.
Setting up the Quiet Storm towards tragedy
1. Unplanned, the secondary child guardian is given a new child care task of transporting the child.
2. En route, the secondary child guardian driver autonomously defaults to their routine, which does not involve the child.
3. Child in their CRS is asleep in the backseat.
4. Secondary child guardian driver is now in auto routine mode and is no longer aware of the child's presence.
An International Solution
In response to these occurrences the international communities of respective countries, Italy in 2019 and Israel in 2021, enacted laws to prevent drivers forgetting children in automobiles. Their laws required parents with children age 4 and under to install approved certified child in child seat sensing devices on the child's CRS to notify distracted drivers of the child's presence in the car seat to prevent drivers forgetting the child in an automobile.
No Domestic Solution
"Here in the United States we’re working towards technology in the vehicle itself, and the reason for that is nearly one-third of children who die in hot cars in the United States get into vehicles on their own,” says Amber Rollins, the director of KidsAndCars
, a nonprofit organization that advocates for child safety around vehicles.
The U.S. child safety advocates and legislators have chosen to embrace an “all or nothing” approach for a technological development that provides a simultaneous solution for child deaths from playing in unattended vehicles as well as children forgotten in hot vehicles. While there is legislation pending that would mandate automakers to adopt this approach, the implementation is, at best, 2-4 years delayed.
Furthermore, such technologies will only be implemented in SOME new vehicles and will not address existing vehicles at all. Ultimately, this will be a great benefit in the future. However, a solution is needed TODAY!
Our goal is to bring an awareness to tech solutions that are presently saving lives and have become the basis of law in other countries. Without an awareness and adaptation of this tech, our babies will continue to die every summer.
We are doing our best to prevent these threats!
We are raising funds to purchase 1,000 or more certified child-sensing devices for Giveaways throughout the summer to prevent these tragic deaths in hot cars.
We will purchase the below certified approved in use Child Carseat Monitors for Giveaways;
1. SaferCHILD FlexClip Child 'n Back-Seat Reminder
2. SaferCHILD and Child 'n Back-Seat Reminder
3 And other certified Child Safety Seat Monitors
Your donations, big or small, could save another child from being forgotten in an automobile this summer
Together Let's End These Tragedies!