As the summer season quickly approaches, Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey and Safe Kids North Carolina are reminding people of the dangers of leaving children in cars by launching a statewide summer campaign: “Baby, It’s Hot Inside.”

2018 was the worst year on record for child vehicular heatstroke deaths with 52 children dying, including a 7-month-old boy from Raleigh.

According to Safe Kids USA, nine children have died of heatstroke in vehicles in the United States so far in 2019, including a 9-month-old from Winston-Salem.

“We are all excited about the return of warm weather in our state, but with that also comes a very real danger of heatstroke” Causey said. “Even the best of parents or caregivers can make the mistake of leaving a child unattended in a car even for a minute, and the end result can be more dangerous than people realize.”

The goal of “Baby, It’s Hot Inside” is to inform members of the media, families and school children that playing in or leaving children unattended in hot cars can be deadly.

Across the country each year, about 35 to 40 children die as a result of heat exposure in cars. July is the deadliest month for cases of vehicular hyperthermia in children, but the danger spreads from March through November due to the subtropical North Carolina climate.

For more safety tips and information about Safe Kids North Carolina, visit www.ncdoi.com/osfm/safekids/default.aspx. To learn more about the local coalition, Safe Kids Jackson County, call Anna Lippard at 587-8225.

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Every June, Men’s Health Month is celebrated nationwide to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and direct treatment of disease among men. In honor of this month, the Jackson County Department of Public Health encourages men to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

“Women are 100 percent more likely to visit a doctor for routine checkup and preventative services than men. Further, men are more likely to delay seeing a doctor after experiencing symptoms,” Nursing Supervisor Carla Morgan said. “This month is a reminder to all men in Jackson County that their health is important and talking to a doctor can assist in finding conditions before they get worse.”

To promote healthy habits, JCDPH offers a variety of options to help men take control of their health such as Adult Wellness Screenings, Commercial Driver’s License physicals, Basic Law Enforcement Test physicals, Nutrition Counseling and more.

For more information, call the Health Department at 586-8994 or visit www.health.jacksonnc.org.