NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) recently launched a campaign to prevent child heatstroke deaths in cars. Here are several tips to help prevent a tragic event from occurring:
- Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle – even if the windows are partially open or the engine is running and the air conditioning is on;
- Make a habit of looking in the vehicle – front and back – before locking the door and walking away;
- Ask the child care provider to call if the child does not show up for care as expected;
- Do things that serve as a reminder a child is in the vehicle, such as placing a purse or briefcase in the back seat to ensure no child is accidentally left in the vehicle, writing a note or using a stuffed animal placed in the driver's view to indicate a child is in the car seat;
- Teach children a vehicle is not a play area and store keys out of a child's reach;
- If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle you should immediately call 911. If the child is in distress due to heat, get them out as quickly as possible.
NHTSA Campaign Website