Protect Your Kids from Hot Cars

Should You Leave the Kids in the Car?

Three kids in the backseat of a car

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 found that an average of 38 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.
  • If carrying child passengers, use drive-through services when available, such as at the bank, fast-food restaurants or the dry cleaner.

Call 911 if you see a child alone in an unattended vehicle. 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.

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