Everyone Can Help Prevent Hot Car Deaths
Parents and Caregivers
- 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.
- Make it a habit to check your entire vehicle — front and back — before locking the door and walking away. Train yourself to Park, Look, Lock, or always ask yourself "Where's Baby?".
- Ask your childcare provider to call if your child doesn’t show up for care as expected.
- Place a personal item like a purse or briefcase in the back seat, as another reminder to look before you lock.
- Write a note or place a stuffed animal in the passenger's seat to remind you that a child is in the back seat.
Everyone — Including Bystanders
- If you see a child alone in a locked car, get them out immediately and call 911. A child in distress due to heat should be removed from the vehicle as quickly as possible and rapidly cooled.
- Always lock your car doors and trunk, year-round, so children can’t get into unattended vehicles.
- Store car keys out of a child's reach and teach children that a vehicle is not a play area.
- Hot Car Deaths Can Happen Quickly