Look Before You Lock!

Look Before You Lock!
In just 10 minutes, the temperature inside your vehicle can reach deadly levels cautions National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA suggests parents make it a habit to look in the backseat for a child every time they exit the car. It’s important to understand that children are more vulnerable to heatstroke than adults whether you’re a parent, caregiver, or bystander. A child's body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult's.

When a child is left in a hot vehicle, that child's temperature can rise in a quick and deadly manner. Heatstroke begins when the core body temperature reaches about 104°. A core body temperature of about 107° is lethal. In 2018, 52 children died of vehicular heatstroke. In 2019, 10 children have died. Don’t let a child you know die or suffer injury from being overheated in a car. Death from heat stroke in vehicles is entirely preventable.
Share Eight Steps to Prevent Heatstroke Deaths with families. Never leave a child in a vehicle unattended—even if the windows are partially open or the engine is running, and the air conditioning is on.