Never Leave Your Child Alone in a Car



Hot weather and vehicles can be a deadly combination.  There have been no overheating deaths in Oregon since 2004.  Regrettably,  17 children have died from being left or trapped inside hot vehicles nationally in 2014 alone.  In addition, there have been many ‘near misses’.


Please share these facts:

  • In 10 minutes, a car’s internal temperture can rise by 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cracking a window does little to keep the car cool.
  • With temperatures in the 60s, your car can heat up to well above 110 degrees, just image how hot it can get when its 80 degrees.
  • A child’s body temperature can rise up to five times faster than an adult’s.
  • A child dies when his/her temperature reaches 107.

Safe Kids Oregon urges all adults to take the following steps:

  • Call 911 if you see a child unattended in a vehicle. 
  • When transporting your child, place a cell phone, purse, gym bag or whatever is to be carried from the car, near the child in the back seat.  This will force the driver to open the back door and see the child.
  • Have a plan with your child care provider to call if your child does not arrive when expected.
  • Cars look like a fun place to play.  Be sure to close and lock doors and trunks to prevent a child from getting in to play and becoming trapped.
  • Check cars and trunks first if a child goes missing.

Download these posters and tips to share with friends, families and organizations in your community.


Heat Stroke Infographic                Heat Stroke Safety Tips

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Visit Safe Kids Worldwide at for more information, videos and posters like this one:

2014 Heatstroke Poster Color



Safe Kids Oregon works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States.  Safe Kids Oregon is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury.  Safe Kids Oregon was founded in 1995 and is led by Oregon Public Health.  Click here for information on other Injury Areas