Children, Pets and Hot Cars

Every year dozens of children and an untold number of pets die in parked vehicles from hyperthermia. Hyperthermia occurs when your body cannot handle the heat in your given environment. According to the National Weather Service, studies have shown the temperature in a parked car can rise to dangerous levels even on a mild day.

With temperatures rising, there will be more preventable tragedies of hot car deaths in the United States and across the World. The number of child hot car deaths in 2020 was 24. On average over the last 23 years, there have been 38 children per year die due to being left in a hot car. From 1998 to 2020, 32 child heatstroke deaths in vehicles occurred in North Carolina, 19 in South Carolina. Updated on 2/2/2021 by, 882 children have died due to Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke (PVH) since 1998.

Below is a graph courtesy of San Jose State. This displays the number of child vehicular deaths, not including pets:
This tragedy continues to occur because people believe it cannot happen to them. There are a few tips you can live by to ensure this does not happen to you:
1. Look before you lock!
2. Instead of leaving your purse, phone, bag, etc. in the front with you, put them in the backseat with your child and/or pet.
3. Leaving windows cracked DO NOT HELP. Take your kids/pets out of the car with you.
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Also, a rule for all of us to follow – if you see something, do something.