With temperatures soaring across the country, the NHTSA urges everyone to remember that heatstroke can be deadly to kids left in hot cars. Heatstroke is the leading cause of death for children under 14 in motor vehicle incidents (other than crashes) . There have already been 10 deaths in 2015. Follow these tips to prevent heatstroke:
- Never leave an infant or child unattended in a vehicle, even if the windows are partly open, or the engine is running and the air conditioning is on.
- Don’t let children play in an unattended vehicle.
- Make a habit of looking in the vehicle before locking the door and walking away.
- Take steps to remember not to leave a child in a vehicle by leaving a note or placing a purse or briefcase in the back seat.
- If you see a child alone in a vehicle, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. If they are in distress due to heat, get them out as quickly as possible.
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