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Never Leave A Child Alone In A Car

Oklahoma State Department of Health. Creating a State of Health.

Hot as an oven! Never Leave a Child Alone In a Car – even for a minute! (PDF)
Provided by: The Injury Prevention Service Rev 7-2o12

Hot as an Oven!

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Inside Vehicle Temperature Within 10 Minutes


49 children died from heat exposure last year in the U.S. 

  • Dial 911 immediately if you see an unattended child in a car. EMS professionals are trained to determine if a child is in trouble. 
  • A car is not a babysitter – Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows slightly open. 
  • It is against the law in Oklahoma to leave your child unattended in a vehicle.

 Routines and distractions have caused people to mistakenly leave children behind in cars.

  • Place an item that is to be carried from the car, such as a cell phone, purse, briefcase, or gym bag, on the floor in front of the child in the back-seat. This triggers adults to see children when they open the rear door and reach for their belongings.
  • Be especially careful if you change your routine for dropping off children at daycare. Have a plan with your daycare if your child is late that you will be called within a few minutes.
  • Set your cell phone or Blackberry to remind you to drop your child off at daycare.
  • Set your computer calendar program, such as Outlook, to ask, “Did you drop off your child at daycare today?”

Prevent trunk entrapment.

  • Teach children not to play in any vehicle.
  • Lock all vehicle doors and trunk after everyone has exited the vehicle–especially at home.
  • Keep keys out of the reach of children.
  • Check vehicles and trunks immediately if a child is missing (If you have a pool, check the pool first).