Heat stroke death is a risk to children in hot cars

Tips to Prevent Hot-Car Tragedies

 • Simple rule: Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, not even for a minute. It's dangerous, and it is against the law in many states.
 • Set up cell-phone reminders for yourself to be sure you’ve gotten the children safely to their destination.
 • Check the car to make sure that all occupants leave the vehicle or are carried out when unloading. If you lock the door with your key, rather than with your remote, it would force that one last look in the car before leaving it.
 • Always lock your car and keep keys and remotes away from children.
 • To serve as a reminder, keep a stuffed animal on the front passenger seat when carrying a child in the backseat.
 • Place something in the backseat that you would need, such as your purse, briefcase or cell phone.
 • Have a plan that your childcare provider will call you if your child does not show up.
 • If you see a child alone in a car, especially if they seem hot, call 911 immediately to help get them out.