For Immediate Release: July 13, 2011

Never Leave a Child Alone in a Car

Dangerous temperatures prompt warning from Safe Kids North Carolina

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, chair of Safe Kids North Carolina, reminds parents and caregivers to never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, for any length of time. With its soaring temperatures, July is historically the deadliest month for child fatalities in hot cars, but hyperthermia can occur even on days with mild 70 degree temperatures. Even a few minutes of heat exposure in a closed vehicle can kill a child or pet.

Some of these deaths occur when a parent or caregiver accidentally forgets a child in a car; some occur when a child is intentionally left in a vehicle. In other cases, a child was playing in an unattended vehicle when overtaken by heat.

"These deaths can be prevented," said Goodwin. "Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle or let a child play in a vehicle. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911 right away."

Follow these safety tips from Safe Kids North Carolina:

For more information, visit the Safe Kids North Carolina Web site.