In Florida and other warm weather States, there is a significant risk of hyperthermia, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke when a child being left in a vehicle when the weather is hot. Hyperthermia, more commonly known as heat stroke, is a condition that occurs when a person’s body temperature temperatures elevates significantly. In instances where body temperatures are dangerously high, medical attention is required to prevent disability or death. Because of these dangers and risks to children, Palm Beach County commissioners unanimously approved new requirements for child care centers: specifically, centers must provide mandatory alarms on vans or other vehicles that transport children. The vote came one-year after the death of 2-year-old Haile Brockington; Haile died as a result of being left in a hot van all day, the van belonged to Katie’s Kids of Delray Beach, Florida. Children’s Services Council is providing $100,000 of funding toward the ordinance, the alarms cost between $250 and $400. For more details please read Palm Beach County, Florida, passes new ordinance to require alarms in day care vans.
Florida child care centers have a duty to provide quality care to the children under the center’s care. This duty includes ensuring a child is not left inside an automobile. Temperatures inside vehicles can be significantly higher from the temperatures outside, as must as a twenty degree difference in severe conditions. A child’s body is not fully developed and does not have the capability to adapt to these deadly conditions. The new changes in Palm Beach County show a trend in advocating for quality child care and safety.
The book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on Day Care Injuries, Playground Injuries, and other topics. A free book is available at Free Book for Parents – Helpful Information for Parents of Injured Children in Day Care Centers. The book is also available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the Apple iBookstore.