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Never Leave a Child Alone in a Car – In Warm Weather

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.

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