Texas Children's Health plan wants you to enjoy a safe summer!

 
Car Safety
Never leave your kids alone in a car

It's hot outside. Never leave your child (or pet) in your car, even for a short time with the windows cracked.


  • Open car doors and let the car cool off before entering.  Hot car seats, especially metal seat belt buckles, can burn a child’s skin.
     
  • It is against Texas law to leave children younger than 7 years old in a car alone.
     
  • Even when the outside temperature is only 70 degrees fahrenheit, the temperature inside an enclosed vehicle can reach 120 degrees fahrenheit . 
     
  • Heatstroke occurs when the body temperature reaches 104 degrees fahrenheit (a body temperature of 107 degrees fahrenheit is considered lethal).  A young child’s core body temperature may increase three to five times faster than that of an adult. This can cause permanent injury or death.
     
  • Never allow young children to play in or around parked cars.  Be sure to keep all doors locked so that a young child does not accidentally lock him or herself in a parked vehicle.

Look before you lock!

 

 

More resources:

www.safekids.org

www.kidsandcars.org

 

 
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