Too many children have died in Canada from heat stroke because they were left unattended in a hot car. These deaths can be prevented. We all have a role to play in making sure another child doesn’t die because they were left alone in a hot vehicle.
Why are hot cars dangerous for kids?
- Your car is like an oven – the temperature inside can rise VERY quickly even on days that aren’t hot
- The temperature inside a previously airconditioned car can jump to over 50⁰C within 20 minutes on a hot day
- Heatstroke occurs when a body’s core temperature reaches 40.5⁰C. A child’s body overheats 3 to 5 times faster than an adult’s
- When a child has heatstroke, their body creates more heat than it can release which can lead to brain damage or death
Prevent kids from dying in hot cars
- Put something like a cell phone or purse on the backseat to remind yourself that kids are with you
- Keep car keys out of children’s reach. This will prevent kids from accessing the car including the trunk, and getting locked inside
- Place your child’s diaper bag or baby item on the front passenger seat to remind yourself that kids are with you
- Never leave kids alone in or around cars
- Teach children that cars aren’t play areas
More safety tips
- Leaving a child alone in a hot vehicle can happen to anyone, even to the best parents and caregivers
- Make a habit of parking, looking, and locking when you leave your car
- If you see a child alone inside a car, call 911. Stay with the child and assist as needed.