Keeping Cool In and Around Cars: Tips to Prevent Kids from Getting Heatstroke

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Children in hot cars is one of the leading causes of death among children. Learn how to keep your child safe in and around hot cars.

A ride in the car puts many babies and young kids right to sleep. Sometimes, they are so peaceful and quiet in the backseat that we can forget they are even there. It can also be tempting to leave a sleeping baby in the car so we don’t have to wake them up while we quickly run into the store.

But leaving a child alone in a car can lead to serious injury or death from heatstroke, even in cooler temperatures. A car can heat up 19 degrees in just 10 minutes. And cracking a window doesn’t help. Young children are particularly at risk, as their bodies heat up faster than an adult’s.

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These tragedies are completely preventable by never leaving a child alone in a car – not even for a minute. To reduce the number of deaths from heatstroke, remember to ACT with these three simple steps.

  1. Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. Always lock your doors and trunks – even in your driveway. And keep your keys and key fobs out of the reach of kids. And keep your keys and key fobs out of the reach of kids.
  2. Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.
  3. Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.

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Contributed by SafeKids Washoe County, Led by Renown Children’s Hospital.