Kids in the back seat of a car.

Protect your kids from heatstroke in hot cars

It's important to protect kids from extreme heat, so read these car safety pointers.

Children are especially vulnerable in the warm summer months because their body temperatures increase three to five times faster than adults'. In fact, KidsAndCars.org states that nationwide over 1,000 children have died in hot cars since 1990. An average of 39 kids die each year from heatstroke after being left in a vehicle. Help keep your kids safe in and around hot cars with these tips.

  • Never leave a child unattended in a car, no matter how briefly. The interior temperature can rise almost 20 degrees within the first 10 minutes of shutting the vehicle off.
  • Don't be fooled by mild temperatures. Even when it's 60 degrees Fahrenheit outside, a car's interior can reach 110 degrees.
  • Always check your back seats before locking your car. Put your cell phone or wallet in the back seat to help you remember to check.
  • Keep vehicles locked so children can't accidentally crawl in. Keyless entry and ignition systems make this a greater risk, so it's important to keep key fobs in a safe place.
  • Avoid going into buildings or businesses. If carrying child passengers, use drive-through services when available, such as at the bank, fast-food restaurants or the dry cleaner.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has information on what to do if you see a child alone in a vehicle. Don't wait for the driver to return — call 911 immediately. In hot weather, it may be legal in your state to break the glass to rescue a child.

And don't forget — pets can be just as vulnerable to the heat. Be sure to take similar precautions when traveling with pets.

From Car Seat to Driver’s Seat™, State Farm® has been committed to the safety of its customers for over 100 years. Your children are your most precious gifts.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm® (including State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates). While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. State Farm is not responsible for, and does not endorse or approve, either implicitly or explicitly, the content of any third party sites that might be hyperlinked from this page. The information is not intended to replace manuals, instructions or information provided by a manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional, or to affect coverage under any applicable insurance policy. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.

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