Tips to prevent hot car injuries and deaths

With the temperature rising, children that are left unattended in a vehicle are more at risk of dying from a tragic heatstroke.

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety wants to educate the public of the warning signs and preventable measures to take to avoid a child from having a heatstroke. 11Alive's Help Desk has a few tips that can help you save a life.


  • Never leave children in a car unattended.
  • Never leave children in a car, even if the windows are rolled down partially. Cracking a window doesn't keep the car cool enough.
  • If your spouse or caregiver is dropping off your child to a daycare, but you normally drop them off, call them to make sure they didn't leave them in the car.
  • Come up with ways to remind yourself that your child is in the car such as placing your purse or briefcase in the backseat so that you know to look back there.
  • Have your daycare call you if your child doesn't show up.
  • Place a note on your dashboard to remind you that your child is in the backseat.
  • Download a baby reminder app on your cell phone.
  • Make sure to look throughout your vehicle before walking away.


  • Within 10 minutes, a car can heat up 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • With temperatures in the 60s, your car can heat up to above 110 degrees.
  • A child's body temperature can rise up to five times faster than an adult's.
  • Heatstroke can happen when the temperature is as low as 57 degrees outside.
  • A child dies when his/her temperature reaches 107.


  • The death of a child caused by heat
  • Possible misdemeanor charge and imprisonment

If you see a child alone in a vehicle, call 911. If they are distressed due to heat, get them out of the vehicle as quickly as possible. Cool the child down with water. Never give the child an ice bath.

Remember, leaving a child in a hot car is deadly. Don't forget to look before you lock up.


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