Heat Kills

Posted May 24th, 2013

Never Leave Children Alone in Parked Vehicles. On average, 38 children die in hot cars each year from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside motor vehicles. On a day when the temperature outside is 86 degrees, the temperature inside a car can quickly reach 135 or even 150 degrees! Research shows that leaving the windows open a crack does little to reduce this oven effect. 

  • Never leave infants or children alone in an unattended vehicle, even if the windows are partially open or the air conditioner is on. Make sure all passengers have left the vehicle after it is parked.
  • Do not let your children play in an unattended vehicle.
  • Always lock vehicle doors and trunks and keep keys out of children’s reach.
  • Be sure to remove children from the vehicle during busy times, schedule changes, emergencies or shopping for the holidays.

Be extra careful when routines change; children can be forgotten in the back seat:

  • If you are bringing your infant or child to daycare, and normally it’s your spouse or partner who brings them, have your spouse or partner call you to make sure everything went according to plan.
  • Ask your childcare provider to call you if your child does not show up for childcare.
  • Put something you’ll need like your cell phone, handbag, employee ID or brief case on the floor board in the back seat to remind you.

If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle:

  • Call the police.
  • If a child is in distress due to heat, get them out as quickly as possible and call 911.
  • Warning signs of heat illness may include: red, hot, and moist or dry skin, no sweating, a strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse, nausea or acting strangely. Cool the child fast and call 911.


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