ECU Health hosting hot car safety event in Greenville

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – With temperatures heating up, a Thursday event here in the east is aiming to help the community avoid heatstroke-related injuries and death for children.

ECU Health says on average, every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle, and in more than half of those deaths, the caregiver forgot the child was in the car.

Today, organizations across the east are partnering to educate parents and caregivers about preventative tips to avoid these tragedies through a hot car safety event.

Organizations expected to be present include Pitt County Sheriff’s Office, Pitt County Health Department, Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children, along with official North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, and Injury Prevention Program Coordinator at ECU Health Medical Center Ellen Walson.

During the event, experts will demonstrate how quickly cars heat up in the summertime and the danger they pose to children.

Today’s event is this morning at 11 a.m. in the Kohl’s parking lot in Greenville at 3501 Galleria Drive.