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GEICO Reminds Drivers to Stay Mindful of Young Passengers as Temperatures Soar

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As temperatures surge across the country, GEICO urges parents and
caregivers to keep an eye on young passengers traveling with them in the
backseat.

Last year, more than 40 children died after being left in locked
vehicles, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA). Since 1998, nearly 750 young lives were lost in hot vehicles.

Parents and caregivers need to remember these important facts about how
vulnerable children are to climbing temperatures in a vehicle.

  • A child's body temperature can rise three to
    five times faster
    than an adult's.
  • When a child's body temperature reaches 104 degrees, heatstroke
    begins. At a body temperature of 107 degrees, a child can die.

According to NHTSA, a car's temperature can rise by 20 degrees in
roughly 10 minutes. Even on a day with temperatures less than 80
degrees, a car's temperature can swell to 110 degrees.

To prevent a child from suffering heatstroke or worse, parents and
caregivers should:

  • Never leave a child in a locked car, even if the windows are open.
  • Consider placing a purse or essential item on the back seat that gives
    a reason to look in the rear of the vehicle.
  • Travel with a reminder, such as a stuffed animal on the passenger
    seat, or set a smartphone alert.
  • Teach children not to play in a parked car, and keep the car locked
    when it's parked.
  • Store car keys away from children so they can't access the car.

Visit GEICO
More
for more safety tips on how to prevent leaving children in hot
cars.

GEICO
(Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire
Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger
auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in
1936, provides millions of car
insurance quotes
to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to
serve more than 16 million private passenger customers, insuring more
than 27 million vehicles (auto & cycle).

Using GEICO's online
service center
, policyholders can purchase policies, make policy
changes, report claims and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can
also connect to GEICO through GEICO
Mobile
, reach a representative over
the phone
or visit a GEICO
local agent
.

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