Even when it doesn't feel that hot outside, a parked car can become
a sauna in minutes. That's why no child should ever be left alone
inside a car, even for a moment, according to
Safe Kids Worldwide. Even when the outside temperature feels mild, it only takes minutes for
the temperature inside a car to rise to dangerous levels.
Children are especially vulnerable to the heat because their bodies can't
control internal temperatures as well as adults' bodies can. In a
hot car, a child's core body temperature can rise three to five times
faster than an adult's temperature would.
To protect children from the heat, heed this advice from Safe Kids and
- Never leave a child alone in a car, even with the windows cracked.
- Teach children not to play in, on or around cars.
- Lock the doors and trunk when your car is in the driveway or parked near
- Keep the keys where children can't reach them.
- Make sure all of the kids get out when you reach your destination.
- Before you put kids in the car, check the temperature of the seats and
seat belt buckles.
- Keep rear fold-down seats closed so kids can't get into the trunk.
- Consider installing an interior trunk release so if a child gets locked
in the trunk he or she can get out.
- If your child gets trapped inside the car, get him or her out and call
911 right away so emergency personnel can check for signs of heatstroke.