National Heatstroke Day

Every year on average, 39 children die in hot cars in the US. We must provide safety messages to the public to help prevent these unthinkable injuries and deaths.  Please use the following materials to raise awareness about these preventable tragedies.  
Social Media Posts and Memes

Written posts are available below the memes.

Hashtags: #PasstheHotCarsAct  #heatstrokekills   #lookbeforeyoulock 

  • An occupant detection system in cars could prevent hot car deaths. #PasstheHotCarsAct #heatstrokekills #lookbeforeyoulock 
  • Technology exists to prevent hot car deaths… what are we waiting for? #PasstheHotCarsAct 
  • 2018 was the deadliest year in history for child hot car deaths. #PasstheHotCarsAct #heatstrokekills #lookbeforeyoulock
  • Cars can alert us of children in the back seat and save precious little lives. #PasstheHotCarsAct  #heatstrokekills #lookbeforeyoulock
  • Today is National Heatstroke Prevention Day #PasstheHotCarsAct #heatstrokekills #lookbeforeyoulock
  • See a child or animal alone in a car? Get involved! Call 911 immediately. #heatstrokekills #lookbeforeyoulock
  • The difference between life or death can be minutes in a hot car. #PasstheHotCarsAct #heatstrokekills #lookbeforeyoulock
  •  Be prepared to save a baby in a hot car with a resqme tool… get it today at /resqme-tool/  #heatstrokekills #lookbeforeyoulock
  • Always check the back seat for baby! #lookbeforeyoulock #heatstrokekills
  • Ask childcare to call you if your baby doesn’t show up as planned! #heatstrokekills #lookbeforeyoulock
  • Always keep cars locked & keys out of reach of children. If a child is missing – check in all cars! #heatstrokekills #lookbeforeyoulock
Fact Sheets, Charts, Statistics and Maps


English [PDF] 

Spanish [PDF]

Mandarin Chinese [PDF]

Arabic [PDF]

“Look Before You Lock” parent education cards 

English [PDF]

Spanish [PDF]

Chinese [PDF]

U.S. Child Hot Car Death Data Analysis


Child Hot Car Death Circumstances

Airbag vs. Heatstroke Fatalities


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Spanish [PDF]

Heatstroke Fatalities by State Map


English [PDF]

Child Vehicular Heatstroke Fatalities by Year 


English [PDF]

Spanish [PDF]


Child Nontraffic Fatalities by Type 

English [PDF]

Spanish [PDF]

Child Nontraffic Fatalities INSIDE vs. OUTSIDE the vehicle


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Public Service Announcements offers several Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to air on TV or online. Please contact to receive broadcast quality versions of our PSAs.


Resqme™ Tool to save lives

Resqme Tool

More Information / Purchase

Radio Scripts

Look Before You Lock Radio Scripts

English [PDF]


Look Before You Lock Billboard


State Laws

State Laws Specific to Children Left Unattended in Vehicles


Good Samaritan Laws Specific to Rescuing Children in Cars

Federal Laws
Fatal Distraction – MUST READ 

Fatal Distraction urges everyone to read “Fatal Distraction,” Gene Weingarten’s Pulitzer Prize-winning feature article published in The Washington Post Magazine. Learn how these heartbreaking and preventable tragedies can happen to anyone.

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Recent Press Releases: Pushes for Technology to Stop Hot Car Tragedies on National Heatstroke Prevention Day – 7/31/19

Statement from Janette Fennell, president and founder of, regarding the Bronx, New York Hot Car Tragedy – 7/29/2019

Already 17 Children Have Died in Hot Cars in 2019 – 7/2/19

Hot Cars Act of 2019 Introduced in U.S. House – 7/1/19

Infant dies in van during a DC press event on hot car deaths – 5/23/2019 Congressional Testimony (view video here) – 5/23/2019

Hot Cars News Conference (5/22) (view video here) – 5/21/2019

Summer is at risk without stronger safeguards – 5/20/2019

New Law Protects Citizens from Liability in Hot Car Rescues – 5/17/2019

Appalling Reality – Hot Car Deaths at an All-Time High (Statement by Janette Fennell, president & founder of – 4/10/2019

PETA joins to Urge Congress to Pass the HOT CARS Act to Save Children and Pets from Perishing in Hot Cars – 8/29/2018

Tomorrow is National Heatstroke Prevention Day – 7/30/2018

Hot Car Deaths on Track for Deadliest Year in U.S. History – 7/23/2018


21 U.S. Children Have Died in Hot Cars in 2018 – 7/3/2018

First Day of Summer, Already 16 Child Hot Car Deaths in U.S. – 6/21/2018

Child Hot Car Deaths and the Russian Adoption Ban – New Documentary Explains this Unlikely Connection– 5/31/18

Joint Statement of Janette Fennell, President and Founder of, and Cathy Chase, President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety On New Study Showing the Dangers of Hot Cars – 5/23/18 Urges Governor Coyler to Sign Hot Cars Bill – 4/2/18

First Child Dies in Hot Car – 3/1/18

Media Advisory: HOT CARS Act of 2017 – S.1666 MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL – 7/31/2017

Parents and safety advocates urge action by U.S. DOT to prevent hot car tragedies – 7/28/2017

HOT CARS Act of 2017 Introduced Today Will Prevent Child Heatstroke Deaths by Getting Much-Needed Technology into Vehicles – 7/7/2017

Child Vehicular Heatstroke Awareness and Prevention April 26 – 4/24/2017 applauds GM’s new technology as an important step in avoiding child heatstroke deaths – 6/11/2016

BREAKING NEWS Another baby died today on Heat Stroke Awareness Day; 11th tragedy this year  – 6/8/2016

Infant Dies 2 Days Before National Child Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention Day, June 8 6/8/16

*as of April 10, 2019