HOT CARS CAN KILL
It’s important to understand that children are more vulnerable to heatstroke than adults
A child's body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult's. When a child is left in a hot vehicle, that child's temperature can rise in a quick and deadly manner. Heatstroke begins when the core body temperature reaches about 104 degrees. A core body temperature of about 107 degrees is lethal. In 2018, 52 children died of vehicular heatstroke.
EIGHT SIMPLE STEPS TO PREVENT HEATSTROKE DEATHS.
- Never leave a child in a vehicle unattended—even if the windows are partially open or the engine is running, and the air conditioning is on
- Make a habit of looking in the vehicle—front and back—before locking the door and walking away
- Ask the childcare provider to call if the child doesn’t show up for care as expected
- Place your purse or briefcase in the back seat to ensure your child isn't accidentally left in the vehicle
- Write a note or place a stuffed animal in the passenger's seat to remind you that a child is in the vehicle
- Teach children that a vehicle is not a play area and store keys out of a child's reach
- If you see a child alone in a locked car, get them out immediately and call 911
- A child in distress due to heat should be removed from the vehicle as quickly as possible and rapidly cooled