Hot Cars

Children and Hot Cars Don't Mix

When children have been left unattended in a vehicle:
  • 52% were forgotten by the caregiver
  • 29% of the children were playing in an unintended vehicle and became trapped
  • 18 of the children were intentionally left alone
It Gets Hot fast

When the sun is out-- even on cloudy days-- the inside of a car is much hotter. In 10 minutes, a car can heat up 19 degrees. Cracking a window does not help.

What Happens
  • The child's body is not able to cool quickly enough. Body temperature rises to dangerous levels.
  • A young child's body heats up 3 to 5 times faster than an adult body.
  • When a child's internal temperature reaches 104 degrees, major organs begin to shut down. At 107 degrees, the child can die.

Symptoms progress from flushed, dry skin and vomiting to seizures, organ failure and death. Call 911 immediately when a child is locked in a car.

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