What You Need To Know About Leaving Your Child In The Car

GREENSBORO, NC - 'Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat' is the catchy new slogan the Greensboro Police Department and the National Weather Service are adopting this summer.  

Here are some facts about the dangers of leaving children in cars. 

Cooler Temperatures Are Still Dangerous

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, even cool temperatures outside - like 60 degrees - can turn into 110 degrees inside your car.

The inside of your car can rise almost 20 degrees within the first 10 minutes it is sitting in the sun. 

What Happens To Your Baby?

When a child is left in a car and it gets too hot it can cause a heat stroke in a matter of minutes. 

This especially applies to children because their body temperatures warm at a rate of three to five times faster than adult's. 

How Does This Happen?

The number of children who die in a hot car varies by reporting agencies, but statistically half of kids who died were forgotten by a parent of caregiver in a car. 

In addition, nearly 20% of kids died when parents knowingly left their child in a car. 

According to the National Weather Service, the other 30% of kids died when they were playing in an unattended vehicle.

Safety Tips

The Greensboro Police Department has put together a list of tips to help keep your children safe: 

  • Keep a stuffed animal in the car seat and when the child is put in the seat place the animal in the front with the driver.
  • Place your purse, briefcase, or one of the shoes you are wearing in the back seat as a reminder that you have your child in the car.
  • Make ‘beat the heat, check the backseat’ a routine whenever you get out of the car.
  • Use an app designed to remind you of your precious cargo.
  • Always lock your car and ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices. If a child is missing, check the car, including the trunk. Teach your children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.
  • Have a plan that someone will call you if your child does not show up for day care, school, or a scheduled event.

Greensboro Police also want to remind you to NEVER leave a child unattended in a car - even if it is for a minute. Also if you see a kid unattended in a hot car call 9-1-1 immediately. 

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