Between 1998 and 2011, nearly 525 children died as a result of being left alone in a car. By leaving your children unattended in a vehicle for even a few minutes, you are needlessly risking their lives.

  • Never leave your child unattended in a vehicle
  • Make a habit of checking your vehicle before leaving it
  • Keep a stuffed animal or other reminder next to you in the car as a cue that your child is with you
  • If you see a child left alone in a car, contact the police or call 911

Safety Facts

  • 33% of children who die from being left in a hot car are less than one year old
  • Cracking your vehicle's windows has very little effect on its temperature
  • When left in a hot vehicle, a child's body temperature can increase three to five times as fast as an adult's
  • Children left unattended in a vehicle are at risk of being kidnapped
  • Children left alone in a car can push buttons, disengage the brakes, put the car in gear or even leave the vehicle and walk away

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Additional Resources:

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There are many dangers in and around your vehicle that could seriously harm or even kill your child. This website identifies common dangers and some tips on how to avoid them.
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This site provides helpful information about vehicle temperatures and heatstroke deaths of children in vehicles in the United States.
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Safe Kids Utah

This non-profit organization strives to make Utah a safer place for children by sharing evidence-based programs such as car-seat checkups, safety workshops and sports clinics, which help parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries.

Utah Department of Health

The Utah Department of Health promotes healthy lifestyles and safe behaviors for Utah's most vulnerable populations.

Consumer Product Safety Commission

The Consumer Product Safety Commission provides information about risks of injuries and deaths associated with consumer products.

American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics provides a multitude of resources for the physical, mental, and social health and well-being for infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

Poison Control

Your 24-hour resource for poison information and educational resources.