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Heatstroke is the number one killer of children, outside of car crashes. That’s why the Administration for Children and Families has joined with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to attempt to reduce these deaths by reminding parents and caregivers about the dangers of heatstroke and leaving children in hot cars

Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash-related fatalities for children 14 and younger.Heatstroke infographic

  • From 1998-2013 606 children died due to heatstroke, representing 61percent of total non-crash fatalities in this age group. of the 606 deaths:
    • 52% were forgotten in the vehicle 
    • 29% gained access by themselves and became trapped
    • 18% were left intentionally
    • 1% were unknown cases
  • In 2013 44 children died of heatstroke in the U.S.
  • Children are at a higher risk than adults of dying from heatstroke in a hot vehicle especially when they are too young to communicate.
  • A child's temperature heats up 3 to 5 times faster than that of an adult's

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HHS in partnership with DOT/NHTSA have developed a voluntary Pledge Form that providers and parents may use to work together to keep children safe. 


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