Never Leave a Child Alone in a Car – In Warm Weather
Left alone in a vehicle, even for a short time, a child is in danger of dehydration, injury or abduction
During the warm spring, summer and fall months, children left alone in or around cars are at a higher risk of suffering from heat stroke. On a 70-degree day, even with car windows slightly rolled down, the temperature inside a car can exceed 120 degrees in 20 minutes and 150 degrees in 40 minutes. Infants and toddlers are most susceptible to heat-related vehicle injuries, with 82 percent of fatalities occurring among children age 3 and under, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control.
Remember Hot Weather Poses A Danger for Your Infant and Child, Even on Mildly Warm Days
- The interior of cars, even with the windows rolled down, can heat up to dangerous temperatures.
- It takes only 20 minutes for the interior of a car to reach 120 degrees on a 70-degree day.
- After 40 minutes, the interior of the car reaches 150 degrees.
- Left in this situation, infants and children become dehydrated, overheated and can pass out or worse, die.
- Infants and toddlers are most at risk.
- 82% of deaths due to heat-related car injuries occurred among children ages 3 and under, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control.
- On hot or even warm days, do not leave your child alone in the car.
- We lead hectic lives, but children must be protected.
- Never leave an infant or child alone in a car.
- Always take them inside with you when doing errands or visiting friends.
- Share this knowledge and rule with others who transport your children – your spouse or partner, babysitter, daycare provider, and other family members.
Remember, your child is your top priority and keeping him or her safe is essential. Here are some tips on how to get your tasks done while keeping your child safe.
- Bring a friend. Ask an adult you trust to come along for a ride to the store, gas station or while running errands.
- Plan ahead. Run errands after nap time when your child is less likely to fall asleep in the car.
- Use drive-thru banking. Keep deposit slips and envelopes in your car glove box. Use drive thru tellers and ATM when running around with kids.
- Flex your time at work. If possible, work a half day and use the additional time to get your monthly tasks done.
- Set-up a regular babysitting swap with another parent. Take turns babysitting another parent’s children while they run errands. Take the kids to the park, for a walk, or hang out in your backyard. Next time it will be your turn to check off your to-do list without distractions.
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This information was compiled by Rayna Charles, One Tough Job Manager, and reviewed by the Program Staff of The Children’s Trust.