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The Dangers of Heat Stroke and Your Vehicle

06/28/2017 10:33AM ● Published by Digital Media Director

Every year, young children die in vehicles due to heatstroke. How do these preventable 
 deaths happen? Some are due to parents forgetting children are in the car, some are due to quick errands that turn into tragedies and some are due to playtime in the wrong place. An average of one child dies every 10 days from accidentally being forgotten in a hot car or having climbed into a vehicle on his or her own. That means 38 children die every year from heat-related deaths inside a vehicle. It is important for everyone to understand that these tragedies are preventable.

Forgetting children are in the car
Knowing the dangers of heatstroke, you would never intentionally leave a child
alone in a hot car, but it is easy for your mind to wander off as you drive to work. Have you ever gotten to your destination in the morning and asked yourself, how did I get here? What route did I take? Did I miss all the red lights or did I hit them all? Your mind was already busy thinking about the day ahead. If your child is asleep in the backseat and your brain is focused on the day, it’s easier to forget about your precious cargo than one might think. More than half
of heatstroke tragedies happen just like this. To remind yourself to check the backseat, put something you'll need at your next stop, like a briefcase or cell phone, next to the child safety seat. It may seem simple, but it can be a helpful reminder on a chaotic day.

Running quick errands
Did you know that temperatures can rise in a vehicle by 20 degrees in 10 minutes? With good intentions, you leave the windows cracked while your run a quick errand, but this ventilation has little effect on how fast the temperature can quickly rise inside the car. Young children are particularly at risk, as their bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s.

Never leave your children alone in a car.
Not even for a minute. Your intention of a quick errand can easily get extended when you bump into an old friend, or the person at the register has technical difficulty.

Don’t let children play in the car.
Teach your children that playing in or around vehicles is never a good idea. Your child can crawl into the car and get trapped inside. Tragedy can strike before you even know your child is missing. Keep your car locked at all times.

Safe Kids Worldwide has these simple steps to encourage everyone to ACT to prevent the tragedy of heatstroke:
A:
Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. Always lock your doors and trunks –even in your driveway. And keep your keys and key fobs out of the reach of kids.
C:
Create reminders. Place something you'll need at your next stop- like a gym bag, cell phone or your left shoe - next to the child safety seat. It may seem simple, but can be a helpful reminder on a chaotic day.
T:
Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, take action. Call 911. Emergency personnel are trained to respond to these situations. Heatstroke-related injury and death can happen to anyone and anywhere. It could happen to you as well. How are you going to keep your loved ones safe? For more information on keeping your child safe in and around cars, call Sanford Children’s Safety Center at (605) 333-0663 to visit with a family life educator.

More Info:
Sanford Children's
For more information and helmet demonstrations, stop by the Sanford Children’s Safety
Center at 1115 W. 41st St., Sioux Falls or call (605) 333-0663.
For more information on keeping your child safe in and around cars, call Sanford Children’s Safety Center at (605) 333-0663 to visit with a family life educator.
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    What is Billion Toyota’s Family Fun February Event? A fun event for kids of all ages! Join us Sun...


  • 2018 Spring Classes

    02/26/2018
    08:00AM

    Register for spring classes at the Community Learning Center at your Washington Pavilion! We want...


  • Walking Program

    02/26/2018
    08:00AM — 10:00AM

    Location: Morningside Community Center, 2400 South Bahnson Avenue Walking is one of the best w...


  • Toddler Jump

    02/26/2018
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    Join us for one of the highlights of our week, Toddler Jump at Air Madness. During Toddler Jump, ...


  • Little All Stars

    02/26/2018
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    LITTLE ALL STARS (Walking to 6 years )


  • Join us at the Museum of Visual Materials for these free activities. No registration is required ...


  • Make it Monday Kids!

    02/26/2018
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Make it Monday Kids! $5 off any Christmas Items!* Under 15 years old. All day! Restrictions Apply.


  • Stockyards Ag Experience

    02/26/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The Stockyards Ag Experience Plaza and Barn are being developed as regional attractions at Falls ...


  • Play Group

    02/26/2018
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Gather your friends at our "house" to play and not get your house messy. Our play groups are open...


  • Scheel's Family Open Ice Skate

    02/26/2018
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    Scheel's Family Open Ice Skate Open Skate Rates: Admission – $6.00 $4.00 for ages 12 and under...


  • Open Hockey

    02/26/2018
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    Open Hockey Monday & Wednesdays 11-1:00 pm Friday 2:00-4:00 pm $10.00 - per session $100 -...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    02/26/2018
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • Tot Time

    02/27/2018
    05:30AM — 10:30AM

    Tot time is designed for toddlers and other little tikes, 6 years and younger, who may not be com...


  • 2018 Spring Classes

    02/27/2018
    08:00AM

    Register for spring classes at the Community Learning Center at your Washington Pavilion! We want...


  • Walking Program

    02/27/2018
    08:00AM — 10:00AM

    Location: Morningside Community Center, 2400 South Bahnson Avenue Walking is one of the best w...


  • Join us at the Museum of Visual Materials for these free activities. No registration is required ...


  • Skyzone Toddler Time

    02/27/2018
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

    Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. A time for your little ones to di...


  • Toddler Time

    02/27/2018
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

    Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. A time for your little ones to di...


  • Play Group

    02/27/2018
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Gather your friends at our "house" to play and not get your house messy. Our play groups are open...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    02/27/2018
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • Ladies Night

    02/27/2018
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    Ladies Night! Receive 20% off your purchase.


  • CALLING ALL UNICORN LOVERS

    02/27/2018
    06:00PM — 08:30AM

    Where all my Unicorn lovers at?! Join us to make some magical glittery unicorn slime! We will als...


  • Babywearing Basics with Heather

    02/27/2018
    06:30PM — 07:30PM

    Join us twice a month to learn more about different ways to wear your baby! Designed for more ...


  • 2018 Spring Classes

    02/28/2018
    08:00AM

    Register for spring classes at the Community Learning Center at your Washington Pavilion! We want...


  • Walking Program

    02/28/2018
    08:00AM — 10:00AM

    Location: Morningside Community Center, 2400 South Bahnson Avenue Walking is one of the best w...


  • Toddler Jump

    02/28/2018
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    Join us for one of the highlights of our week, Toddler Jump at Air Madness. During Toddler Jump, ...


  • Little All Stars

    02/28/2018
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    LITTLE ALL STARS (Walking to 6 years )


  • Join us at the Museum of Visual Materials for these free activities. No registration is required ...


  • Play Group

    02/28/2018
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Gather your friends at our "house" to play and not get your house messy. Our play groups are open...


  • Scheel's Family Open Ice Skate

    02/28/2018
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    Scheel's Family Open Ice Skate Open Skate Rates: Admission – $6.00 $4.00 for ages 12 and under...


  • Open Hockey

    02/28/2018
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    Open Hockey Monday & Wednesdays 11-1:00 pm Friday 2:00-4:00 pm $10.00 - per session $100 -...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    02/28/2018
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • Air Madness Sensory Jump

    02/28/2018
    01:00PM — 03:00PM

    Join us for one of our Sensory Jumps at Air Madness Trampoline Park! Guests will have a blast exp...


  • After School Movie

    02/28/2018
    03:00PM — 05:00PM

    Elementary-aged children are invited to join us for an after school movie. For more information c...


  • NASA @ My Library

    02/28/2018
    03:15PM — 04:00PM

    Explore the ultraviolet light produced by the sun using spectroscopes and black lights in this ST...


  • Weird Art Wednesday

    02/28/2018
    04:00PM — 06:00PM

    ALL AGES are welcome to join us for a different SURPRISE craft each week! Free! Come and go as yo...


  • Open Skate Discount Night

    02/28/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Open skating session for all ages at a discounted rate! Admission is $3. Regular skate rental fee...


  • Discount Skate Night

    02/28/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Skate for $1.00 an hour every Wednesday during our Discount Skate Night! Wednesdays • 6-9pm A...


  • Open Gym

    02/28/2018
    07:00PM — 08:00PM

    OPEN GYM (Ages 6-18) $80/10 punch card


  • 2018 Spring Classes

    03/01/2018
    08:00AM

    Register for spring classes at the Community Learning Center at your Washington Pavilion! We want...


  • Walking Program

    03/01/2018
    08:00AM — 10:00AM

    Location: Morningside Community Center, 2400 South Bahnson Avenue Walking is one of the best w...


  • Skyzone Toddler Time

    03/01/2018
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

    Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. A time for your little ones to di...


  • Play Group

    03/01/2018
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Gather your friends at our "house" to play and not get your house messy. Our play groups are open...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    03/01/2018
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • New Baby & Me

    03/01/2018
    01:30PM — 03:30PM

    This group for new moms and their babies meets weekly. Moms can join in open discussion on topics...


  • Strengthening Families 10-14 Program

    03/01/2018
    05:30PM — 08:00PM

    Strengthening Families is a 7 week program for families with students ages 10-14. The program ce...


  • 2018 Spring Classes

    03/02/2018
    08:00AM

    Register for spring classes at the Community Learning Center at your Washington Pavilion! We want...


  • Play Group

    03/02/2018
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Gather your friends at our "house" to play and not get your house messy. Our play groups are open...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    03/02/2018
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • First Free Friday

    03/02/2018
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    Join us for Free First Fridays, whether you are new to the area, new to the Pavilion, or even a r...


  • 3 REDNECK TENORS

    03/02/2018
    07:00PM — 09:00PM

    3 Redneck Tenors to Perform in Sioux Falls on March 2 Live On Stage, Inc. and Live on Stage ...


  • Teen Night at Skate City

    03/02/2018
    08:00PM — 11:00PM

    This session is directed toward, but not reserved for, middle to high school aged skaters.


  • 2018 Spring Classes

    03/03/2018
    08:00AM

    Register for spring classes at the Community Learning Center at your Washington Pavilion! We want...


  • Tai Chi

    03/03/2018
    09:00AM — 10:00AM

    f you are looking for a way to reduce stress, consider tai chi (TIE-CHEE). Tai chi is a gracef...


  • Saturday Morning Family Skate

    03/03/2018
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Spend Saturday morning with the whole family at Skate City! Parents skate for FREE admission with...


  • Morning Skate

    03/03/2018
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    This session is directed toward, but not reserved for, beginner skaters and their parents.


  • Indoor Soccer

    03/03/2018
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Cold weather blues making your child down and restless? Soccer can be a great thing to try! Socce...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    03/03/2018
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    03/03/2018
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    03/03/2018
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    03/03/2018
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    03/03/2018
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    03/03/2018
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Saturday Cookie Decorating Days

    03/03/2018
    02:00PM — 04:30PM

    Call us by Friday 605-978-0991 and you can come in and decorate cookies on Saturday! We do cookie...


  • 2018 Spring Classes

    03/04/2018
    08:00AM

    Register for spring classes at the Community Learning Center at your Washington Pavilion! We want...


  • Sensory Sensitive Sundays

    03/04/2018
    09:00AM — 11:00AM

    Join us from 9AM-11AM Chuck E. Cheese's now offers a sensory-friendly experience on the first Su...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    03/04/2018
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    03/04/2018
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    03/04/2018
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    03/04/2018
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    03/04/2018
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    03/04/2018
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • 2018 Spring Classes

    03/05/2018
    08:00AM

    Register for spring classes at the Community Learning Center at your Washington Pavilion! We want...


  • Toddler Jump

    03/05/2018
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    Join us for one of the highlights of our week, Toddler Jump at Air Madness. During Toddler Jump, ...


  • Join us at the Museum of Visual Materials for these free activities. No registration is required ...


  • Make it Monday Kids!

    03/05/2018
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Make it Monday Kids! $5 off any Christmas Items!* Under 15 years old. All day! Restrictions Apply.


  • Play Group

    03/05/2018
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Gather your friends at our "house" to play and not get your house messy. Our play groups are open...


  • Story & Craft

    03/05/2018
    10:00AM — 10:30AM

    Join us for a short children's story and a simple craft. Ages: preschool Admission: free Regis...


  • Scheel's Family Open Ice Skate

    03/05/2018
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    Scheel's Family Open Ice Skate Open Skate Rates: Admission – $6.00 $4.00 for ages 12 and under...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    03/05/2018
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • 2018 Spring Classes

    03/06/2018
    08:00AM

    Register for spring classes at the Community Learning Center at your Washington Pavilion! We want...


  • Join us at the Museum of Visual Materials for these free activities. No registration is required ...


  • Skyzone Toddler Time

    03/06/2018
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

    Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. A time for your little ones to di...


  • Play Group

    03/06/2018
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Gather your friends at our "house" to play and not get your house messy. Our play groups are open...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    03/06/2018
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • Ladies Night

    03/06/2018
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    Ladies Night! Receive 20% off your purchase.


  • Strider Bike Series

    03/06/2018
    06:15PM — 07:15PM

    SFPR is pleased to partner with Special Olympics South Dakota for Young Athletes Strider Program....


  • CHICAGO

    03/06/2018
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    There’s never been a better time to experience CHICAGO, Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash. This triu...


  • 2018 Spring Classes

    03/07/2018
    08:00AM

    Register for spring classes at the Community Learning Center at your Washington Pavilion! We want...


  • Toddler Jump

    03/07/2018
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    Join us for one of the highlights of our week, Toddler Jump at Air Madness. During Toddler Jump, ...


  • Join us at the Museum of Visual Materials for these free activities. No registration is required ...


  • Play Group

    03/07/2018
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Gather your friends at our "house" to play and not get your house messy. Our play groups are open...


  • Scheel's Family Open Ice Skate

    03/07/2018
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    Scheel's Family Open Ice Skate Open Skate Rates: Admission – $6.00 $4.00 for ages 12 and under...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    03/07/2018
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • Weird Art Wednesday

    03/07/2018
    04:00PM — 06:00PM

    ALL AGES are welcome to join us for a different SURPRISE craft each week! Free! Come and go as yo...


  • Open Skate Discount Night

    03/07/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Open skating session for all ages at a discounted rate! Admission is $3. Regular skate rental fee...


  • Discount Skate Night

    03/07/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Skate for $1.00 an hour every Wednesday during our Discount Skate Night! Wednesdays • 6-9pm A...


  • CHICAGO

    03/07/2018
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    There’s never been a better time to experience CHICAGO, Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash. This triu...


  • 2018 Spring Classes

    03/08/2018
    08:00AM

    Register for spring classes at the Community Learning Center at your Washington Pavilion! We want...


  • Skyzone Toddler Time

    03/08/2018
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

    Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. A time for your little ones to di...


  • Stockyards Ag Experience

    03/08/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The Stockyards Ag Experience Plaza and Barn are being developed as regional attractions at Falls ...


  • Play Group

    03/08/2018
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Gather your friends at our "house" to play and not get your house messy. Our play groups are open...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    03/08/2018
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • New Baby & Me

    03/08/2018
    01:30PM — 03:30PM

    This group for new moms and their babies meets weekly. Moms can join in open discussion on topics...


  • Strengthening Families 10-14 Program

    03/08/2018
    05:30PM — 08:00PM

    Strengthening Families is a 7 week program for families with students ages 10-14. The program ce...


  • CHICAGO

    03/08/2018
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    There’s never been a better time to experience CHICAGO, Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash. This triu...


  • 2018 Spring Classes

    03/09/2018
    08:00AM

    Register for spring classes at the Community Learning Center at your Washington Pavilion! We want...


  • March 9 8:00 am – 4:00 pm 11th Annual Avera Brain & Spine Institute Conference: Stroke and Spin...


  • Stockyards Ag Experience

    03/09/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The Stockyards Ag Experience Plaza and Barn are being developed as regional attractions at Falls ...


  • Play Group

    03/09/2018
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Gather your friends at our "house" to play and not get your house messy. Our play groups are open...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    03/09/2018
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • Teen Night at Skate City

    03/09/2018
    08:00PM — 11:00PM

    This session is directed toward, but not reserved for, middle to high school aged skaters.