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Heatstroke Prevention for Little Kids

Heatstroke Prevention for Little Kids

A mother carrying her toddler to the car.Toddlers have endless energy and imagination. They’re always looking for a fun place to play and can be easily tempted to climb inside a parked car 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. In more than half of these deaths, the caregiver forgot the child was in the car, while more than a quarter happened when a child was playing in an unattended car.  
  • A car can heat up 19 degrees in just 10 minutes. Cracking a window doesn’t help.
  • Young children are particularly at risk as their bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult.

Top Tips for Preventing Heatstroke 

You can reduce the number of child heatstroke tragedies by remembering to ACT:

  1. Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. Always lock your doors and trunks – even in your driveway. And keep your keys and key fobs out of the reach of kids.
  2. Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.
  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. One call could save a life.

Learn More

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