Of children are left playing in unattended vehicle.
Of children are intentionally left in vehicle by adult.
Is the average number of U.S. child heatstroke fatalities per year since 1998.
The body temperature of a child can rise this high within 10 to 15 minutes of being in a hot car.
Have died from heatstroke since 1998 in The United States.
Died in 2017 from heatstroke in The United States.
Heatstroke is the number one cause of non-crash, vehicle-related death in children ages 14 and under 15. Within 10 minutes, the inside temperature of a vehicle can be up to 20 degrees hotter than the outside temperature; after 30 minutes, the vehicle’s temperature can be up to 34 degrees hotter.
A child’s body does not have the same internal temperature control as an adult’s and can warm three times to five times faster. Body temperature may rise to 106 degrees Fahrenheit within 10 to 15 minutes.
The average number of U.S. child heatstroke fatalities per year since 1998 is 37. The cause of these deaths varies:
54% – child “forgotten” by caregiver (376 Children)
28% – child playing in unattended vehicle (198)
17% – child intentionally left in vehicle by adult (120)
1% – circumstances unknown (6)
Reduce the number of deaths from heatstroke by remembering to ACT.
A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.
C: Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.
T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.