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Never leave a child alone in a car - not even for a minute!
If the outside temperature is 101°, the temperature inside a parked car can reach 120° within 10 minutes.
An average of 38 kids die from being trapped in cars each year in the U.S.
- Dial 911 immediately if you see an unattended child in a car. EMS professionals are trained to determine if a child is in trouble.
- A car is not a babysitter -- Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows slightly open.
- It is against the law in Oklahoma to leave your child unattended in a vehicle.
Routines and distractions have caused people to mistakenly leave children behind in cars.
- Place an item that is to be carried from the car, such as a cell phone, purse, briefcase, or gym bag, on the floor in front of the child in the back-seat. This triggers adults to see children when they open the rear door and reach for their belongings.
- Be especially careful if you change your routine for dropping off children at child care. Have a plan with your child care if your child is late that you will be called within a few minutes.
- Set your cell phone to remind you to drop your child off at daycare.
- Set your computer calendar program to ask, “Did you drop off your child at child care today?”
Prevent trunk entrapment
- Teach children not to play in any vehicle.
- Lock all vehicle doors and trunk after everyone has exited the vehicle--especially at home.
- Keep keys out of the reach of children.
- Check vehicles and trunks immediately if a child is missing. (If you have a pool, check the pool first.)
Injury Prevention Service, OSDH, 1000 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Revised July 2015
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