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Leaving Kids Alone in Hot Cars-Know the Risks and Consequences

Tips to Avoid a Tragic Vehicle-Related Heatstroke

  • Never leave a child alone in a car.
  • Never let children play in an unattended vehicle. Teach them that a vehicle is not a play area.
  • Never leave infants or children in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are partially open.
  • Place your purse, briefcase, cell phone, or something you will need in the back seat so you will be sure to see a child left in the vehicle.
  • Keep a large teddy bear or other stuffed animal in the car seat when it is empty. Move the item to the front seat when you place the child in the car seat as a visual reminder.
  • If you are dropping your children off at childcare, but normally your spouse or partner drops them off, have them call you to make sure they were not left in the car.
  • Become vigilant about looking in the vehicle before locking the door. Always look front and back before walking away — always!


  • If you see an unattended child in a vehicle, immediately call 9-1-1!
  • Always lock your car and make sure children do not have access to your keys.
  • If a child is missing, remember to check the car, including the trunk.

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 An informational flyer is available for download below.