Office of Child Welfare
High Temperatures and Hot Cars
In just 10 minutes, the temperature of a parked vehicle can rise 20 degrees. The crack of a window, even by inches, is no match to combat the rising heat. This heat can be deadly, especially for children because their body temperatures rise five times faster than adults.
Although it may be hard to believe, children can easily be left behind in the car when parents are distracted, rushing, multi-tasking or have a change in routine. This is especially true during the summer months when kids are out of school and may have a different caretaker or driver.
Here are some tips to keep your kids safe this summer:
- Be sure to check the back seat before you leave the vehicle.
- Put your purse, briefcase, lunch, etc. in the backseat so you are sure to look before you lock the door.
- Do not let your children play near vehicles; they may accidentally lock themselves in.
- If there is a change in plans and someone else is dropping the kids off at summer camp, have them call you at drop off so you know everyone made it safely.
In the state of Florida it is a criminal offense to leave a child unattended in a vehicle; however, sadly for some parents, the loss is much greater than that of any arrest or prosecution.
Anyone who sees a young child, vulnerable adult, or animal left unattended in a vehicle during these extreme summer temperatures should contact emergency personnel immediately.