Lakewood, N.J. – Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus (MMCSC) and Safe Kids
New Jersey hosted a heatstroke awareness event and demonstration on Monday,
June 26 at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood. This event took place as part
of Safe Kids Worldwide’s “Never Leave Your Child Alone in
a Car” campaign and included a 911 audio recording and parking lot
demonstration. With help from the Lakewood Police Department and EMS the
demonstration portrayed how quickly the temperature rises inside of a
parked car and what to do if you see a child stuck inside.
“Many people are shocked to learn how hot the inside of a car can
actually get,” said
Sreedar Raja, MD, Medical Director, MMCSC Emergency Department. “On an 80 degree
day, the temperature inside of a car can rise 20 degrees in as little
as 10 minutes and keep getting hotter with each passing minute. Even cracking
the window doesn’t help. Because of this, heatstroke can happen
faster than you think.”
A child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s,
making them more susceptible to heatstroke. When a child’s internal
temperature reaches 104 degrees, major organs begin to shut down and when
the temperature reaches 107 degrees, the child can die. In the past nineteen
years at least 712 children across the United States have died from heatstroke
when in a vehicle and just this year it has claimed the lives of 12 children.
MMCSC and Safe Kids New Jersey encourage drivers and bystanders to “ACT”,
which stands for:
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 you’re not in it so kids don’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 you’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 and they are trained to respond to these situations.
Once call could save a life.
About Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus
Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus is an acute-care community hospital
located in Lakewood, Ocean County. An RWJBarnabas Health facility, Monmouth
Medical Center, Southern Campus merged with Monmouth Medical Center, a
teaching hospital located in Long Branch, Monmouth County, in 2014. The
hospitals are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the
communities they proudly serve through expanded access to specialty outpatient
services that focus on preventive medicine and healthy living. The partnership
has also expanded patients' access to geriatric and pediatric emergency
services, as well as outpatient neurology, oncology and geriatric services.
Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus has converted to all private
rooms, which makes it the only provider in the region with all private
rooms for overnight stays. For more information about Monmouth Medical
Center, Southern Campus, visit
CONTACT: Megan Granozio