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Car and Road Safety for Big Kids

Heatstroke Prevention for Big Kids

A smiling five-year-old in a car seat.

Kids love cars. When they see a parked car, kids can be easily tempted to climb inside to play - without being able to get back out on their own. That puts them at risk for heatstroke, even in cooler temperatures.

Hard Facts about Heatstroke

  • Since 1998, more than 700 children died from heatstroke while left unattended in vehicles. More than a quarter of those deaths happened when the child was playing in an unattended car.
  • A car can heat up 19 degrees in just 10 minutes. And cracking a window doesn’t help.
  • Heatstroke deaths have been recorded every month of the year in nearly all 50 states.  

Top Tips for Preventing Heatstroke

Reduce the number of deaths from heatstroke by remembering to ACT.

  1. Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving a child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not inside so kids don’t get in on their own.  
  2. Create reminders. Keep a stuffed animal or other memento in your child’s car seat when it’s empty, and move it to the front seat as a visual reminder when your child is in the back seat. Or place and secure your phone, briefcase or purse in the backseat when traveling with your child. 
  3. Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations

Learn More

It’s important for all parents to know how to protect big kids from heatstroke. Here are some additional tips to help you out.