PREVENT CHILD DEATHS IN HOT CARS
Did you know?
1. Heat Stroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths in children under 15? Heat stroke happens when the body is not able to cool itself quickly enough.
2. A child's body heats up three to five times faster than an adult's does.
a. When left in a hot car, a child's major organs begin to shut down when his temperature reaches 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
b. A child can die when his temperature reaches 107 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Cars heat up quickly! In just 10 minutes, a car can heat up 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. Cracking a window and/or air conditioning does little to keep it cool once the car is turned off.
5. Heat stroke can happen when the outside temperature is as low as 57 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Always check the back seat and make sure all children are out of the car before locking it and walking away.
- Have your child care provider call if your child is more than 10 minutes late.
- Put your cell phone, bag, or purse in the back seat, so you check the back seat when you arrive at your destination.
- If someone else is driving your child, always check to make sure he has arrived safely.
- Keep your car locked when it is parked to prevent a curious child from entering when no one is around.
- Make sure children do not have easy access to your car keys. Store them out of reach of children.
- Teach children that cars are not safe places to play.
- Remind children that cars, especially car trunks, should not be used for games like hide-and-seek.
Take action if you see a child alone in a car:
- If you see an unattended child in a car and are concerned, you should immediately call 911.
- If the child is not responsive or is in pain, immediately:
- Call 911
- Get the child out of the car
- Spray the child with cool water (not in an ice bath).
- If the child is responsive:
- Stay with the child until help arrives
- Have someone else search for the driver or ask the facility to page them.