Hot cars can kill

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

That’s why Surprise Police remind you to:Heatstroke infographic

  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.

Hot Cars Can Kill infographic

From 1998-2020, a total of 882 children died due to vehicular heatstroke. Of the 882 deaths:

  • 52.9%: Forgotten by caregiver (467 children)
  • 25.6%: Gained access on their own (227)
  • 19.7%: Knowingly left by caregiver (173)
  • 1.7 %: Unknown (15)

*Source: National Highway Safety Administration

Additional information & Resources:

Heatstroke Safety Factsheet


Heatstroke Safety Tips