Hot cars can kill

Did you know that the interior of a car can heat up 20 degrees in just 10 minutes?

Heatstroke infographic Opens in new windowThat’s why Surprise Police remind you to:

  1. Never leave a child alone in the car
  2. Look for kids (and pets) before you lock your vehicle
  3. Call 911 if you see a child alone in a vehicle

According to the National Highway Safety Administration, heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash related fatalities for children 14 and younger. A child’s temperature heats up 3 to 5 times faster than that of an adult’s and when a child’s body temperature reaches 107 degrees, they die.

Heatstroke infographic

From 1998-2013, 606 children died due to heatstroke, representing 61 percent of total non-crash fatalities in this age group. Of the 606 deaths:

  • 52% were forgotten in the vehicle.
  • 29% gained access by themselves and became trapped
  • 18% were left intentionally
  • 1% were unknown cases

*Source: National Highway Safety Administration

Additional information & Resources:

Heatstroke Safety Factsheet


Heatstroke Safety Tips