Every year, approximately 55 children in the United States are left alone in hot cars and die of heatstroke.
Younger children are the most at risk as their bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adults. Heatstroke is the number one cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children.
Safe Kids Tips
- Never leave your child alone in a car. Keep your car locked at all times so your child can not get in on their own.
- If you see a child alone in a car, call 911!
Parents lead busy lives. Form a habit to always put items that you use every day in the back seat next to your child’s car seat. These items may be a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone. This will serve as a reminder that your child is in the back seat.