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Child Heatstroke in Cars

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Children in hot cars are a deadly combination. In 10 minutes, a car’s temperature can rise over 20 degrees. Adults should always remember to “Look Before You Lock” to make sure there are no children left in the vehicle. Other tips include:

  • Keep a stuffed animal or other memento in your child’s car seat when it’s empty. Move it to the front seat as a visual reminder when your child is in the back seat.
  • Place a purse, briefcase or cell phone next to the child’s car seat to remind yourself that your child is in the car.
  • Never let children play in an unattended vehicle.

If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle:

  • Make sure the child is okay and responsive.
  • If the child is not responsive or appears to be in distress, call 911 immediately.
  • If the child appears to be okay, stay with the child until help arrives.

For more information, visit www.safercar.gov/heatstroke.