COLUMBIA (WACH) â?? So far, 14 children have died of heat stroke after being left in hot vehicles this summer. Itâ??s not only the heat, but the high humidity in the Midlands that has experts concerned.
Experts say the most vulnerable individuals are those over the age of 50 and young children.
If you must be outside, take time out of the sun to rest and drink plenty of water.
Universty of South Carolina professer Dr. Chatterjee said humidity has a major impact here in the midlands.
"85% humidity or more then it adds to the stress for the human body. Humidity plays a big role."Chatterjee says to take precautionary measures and stay out of the heat if possible. Safe kids worldwide reports on average, every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle. They say you can help reduce the number of deaths from heatstroke by remembering to ACT. A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when youâ??re not in it so kids donâ??t get in on their own. C: Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if youâ??re not following your normal routine. T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.