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KIDS IN HOT CARS
Leaving children in cars, even for a few minutes, can be deadly.
Prevention Tips to Avoid a Tragic Heatstroke
- In 10 minutes, a car can increase 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cracking a window does little to keep the car cool.
- With temperatures in the 60s, your car can heat up to well above 120 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 60 degrees outside!
- A child dies when his/her temperature reaches 107 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Never leave a child alone in a car.
- Don’t let your kids play in unattended vehicles. Teach them that a vehicle is not a play area.
- Never leave infants or children in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are partially open.
- Keep a large teddy bear or other stuffed animal in the car seat when it’s empty. Move the teddy bear to the front seat when you place the child in the seat as a visual reminder that a child is in the back seat.
- If you are dropping your children off at childcare, but normally your spouse or partner drops them off, have your spouse or partner call you to make sure they were not left in the car.
- Become vigilant about looking in the vehicle before locking the door. Always look front and back.