Car Safety Tips to Prevent Vehicular Heatstroke

July 2019

This post was sponsored Auto Alliance as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

It’s heating up outside! That means as parents or caregivers we need to be more vigilant when we have kiddos in the car. You hear so many stories where a caregiver either thought they could just leave the car for a minute or they accidentally forgot their child was in the car. This is something you never think will happen to you until it does.

We get used to our kids being super noisy in the car so when they get lulled to sleep or decide to choose that moment to be quite it can be easy to forget that they are even there. I have to admit I have had two times of almost forgetting to take my daughter out of the car. Right after she was born on two separate occasions I went to lock the door and walk away only to see the car seat in the back and quickly unlock the door and take her out. I think I had some serious mommy brain (happens to the best of us) after she was born and it was really easy to be forgetful anyway, but I was still getting used to even having a baby in the car since she was my first. I even had times where I did the opposite; I would head to work and then I would reach into the back to get her out of the car only to then realize I obviously didn’t take her to work with me!

The best way to prevent this is to take these steps using ACT to help keep kids safe:

A-Avoid: Avoid heatstroke-related issues by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. Also be sure to lock your car when not in use so kids don’t get in it on their own.

C-Create Reminders: Create a reminder by putting something in the back seat of your car next to your child. If you put something you will need at your final destination you will be more likely to grab it and your child. A purse or phone works really well. 

T-Take Action: If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Don’t be afraid to call, the sooner the child is out of the car the better. One call could save a life.
Another tip that I found helpful was to stick a sticky note on my driver side window that simply says “Get Baby”. This helped me a lot in the beginning until getting her out of the car became more of a habit. 

It’s not just the summer or heat you have to worry about. Even with cooler temps of 70 degrees the inside of a car can heat up fast. According to data, an average of 37 children’s lives are lost each year by being left unattended in an car. 75% of those children are under age of 2 and 50% are under a 1 year old.

Even a couple of minutes is too long and young children can get heatstroke really quick. So this summer be sure to ACT. Let’s keep those babies out of the heat and sun and look before you lock! Also be sure to visit the Auto Alliance website for more information.


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