Driscoll’s Injury Prevention Program warns families about dangers of leaving children in a hot car

WHAT: Karen Beard, Injury Prevention Training Coordinator for Driscoll Children’s Hospital, will be in McAllen to demonstrate the dangers of vehicular heatstroke and leaving children in hot cars. Outside of crashes, heatstroke is the number one vehicle-related killer of children in the United States. In 2018, there were 52 preventable deaths of children in vehicles, a 21-percent increase from 2017. “As outside temperatures rise, the risk of children dying from vehicular heatstroke increases,” said Beard. “One child dies from heatstroke nearly every 10 days in the United States from being left in a car or crawling into an unlocked vehicle. What is most tragic is that every single one of these deaths could have been prevented.”

WHEN: Noon-1 p.m., Friday, Aug. 16

WHERE: Parking lot of Driscoll Children’s Medical Plaza, 1120 East Ridge Road in McAllen