The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities is committed to improving the quality of life for Ohioans with developmental disabilities.
Health And Welfare Alerts
It is important to know the facts to prepare for a safe and enjoyable summer for you and those you support.
• Every year, children and vulnerable adults die in hot cars when left unattended. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a car’s temperature can rise about 20 degrees in just 10 minutes. Even when there is an outside temperature of 70 degrees, the temperature inside your car can reach over 115 degrees. A child can die when his/her body temperature reaches 107 degrees.
• Last year, seven people with IDD died of drowning. In 86 percent of the cases, the victim drowned in a near a body of water (lake, river, pond, or swimming pool) after leaving the family home undetected. Sadly, 70 percent of those who drown were under the age of 5.
• By the time a person becomes thirsty, they are probably dehydrated, having lost as much as one to two percent of their body’s water content.
• Approximately every 60 seconds someone in the U.S. sustains a burn injury serious enough to require treatment. During the summer, outside activities like campfires, grills, and fire pits pose additional risks.