Is It really As Dangerous As People Say?
One of the most common causes of heat-related deaths in children is leaving them in a parked car. When a daycare van is parked in the sun, the temperature inside the car can rise 20 degrees in 10 minutes. Think about that for a moment. 20 minutes being left in the van means the temperature rises 40 degrees. So, if it was already 95 outside, it is now 135 degrees inside. That is alarming. Leaving a kid in a van for any amount of time can lead to death, within minutes.
It is not safe for a kid to be left in a vehicle even on a warm day with those kinds of temperature rises. In the Texas summer sun, it doesn’t help if the windows are cracked or the car is in shade. The temperatures inside the van are still increasing to what they are on the outside.
How Easy It Is To Prevent?
Super easy. Daycare centers in Texas should have the systems in place to have two different people check the van once the kids get off, every inch of it for kids and kids belongings. Then the van should be locked so kids cannot get back inside the van. Then as the kids come in, there should be a documented roster check with roll call. Counting heads is not sufficient.
What Should A Daycare Do If A Child Is Left On A Van In The Summer?
The first thing is to check the medical vitals for heat stroke. If they are not trained on what to do about heat stroke, that is another qualification and training issue altogether.
Next, they should have someone else call the parents and notify them. Be honest so the parents can take the proper precautions. This is key because a parents’ guard will be let down if the daycare makes it seem like it wasn’t very long or it didn’t happen at all. For example, we have seen a case where the kid was left in the van for 30 minutes but the parents were told 5 minutes. That is not only a lie, it did not alarm the parent enough.
Then, call the emergency service or take the kid to the hospital or have the parent take them. Depending on the severity of the condition of the child, some action is better than none.
Want To Learn More About Cases Involving Injuries Or Deaths To Children At Daycare Facilities?
If you or a loved one has had heat stroke while at a Dallas daycare facility, reach out to us at 214-888-2216. Our daycare team is ready to handle all your needs and answer any questions you may have. When your child is hurt, the last thing you want to do is deal with the legal side. Let us guide you through that process so you can focus on your child’s medical treatment and your family.