Glen Ellyn Police Highlight Risks of Vehicular Heatstroke Ahead of National Prevention Day

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Glen Ellyn, IL – Police in Glen Ellyn are emphasizing the dangers of vehicular heatstroke as National Heatstroke Prevention Day approaches on May 1st. 

With the onset of warmer weather, the local authorities have adopted the mantra, “Once you Park, Stop. Look. Lock.” to remind drivers of the critical importance of double-checking their vehicles.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), vehicular heatstroke claimed the lives of 29 children in 2023. Heatstroke can occur even when outdoor temperatures are as low as 60 degrees, with car interiors reaching dangerous levels within just 10 minutes. 

Local police urge never to leave children unattended in a vehicle, even briefly, as these are preventable tragedies. The community is encouraged to develop habits such as checking the backseat routinely and to act immediately by calling 911 if a child is observed in distress inside a car.

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