Visit the site kidsandcars.org to learn more about safety measures that can be taken. On average, there are approximately 40 children per year that die from being left in a vehicle, which means there are more who are probably left unattended or "forgotten" in a car.
Safe Kids Worldwide offers that the number of deaths from heatstroke can be reduced 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. This same advice is also applicable to pets.
- 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.