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Public Information Notice 16-14

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

1205 PM EDT Thu May 19 2016


To:       Subscribers:

          -NOAA Weather Wire Service

          -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network


          Other NWS Partners and NWS Employees


From:     Eli Jacks

          Chief, Forecast Services Division


Subject:  Child Vehicular Heatstroke Awareness and Prevention

          Safety Guidance for 2016


In 2015, there were 24 heatstroke deaths of children left

unattended in vehicles. Already this year, six children have died

after being left in vehicles. To help prevent more tragedies such

as these from occurring, the NWS and the National Highway Traffic

Safety Administration (NHTSA) are asking the media and others to

spread the word about the dangers of leaving children unattended

in vehicles.


Studies show the temperature inside a vehicle can rapidly rise to

lethal levels, even on a relatively mild spring day with an

outside temperature of less than 70 degrees Fahrenheit.


Heatstroke is the leading cause of all non-crash-related vehicle

fatalities involving children under 15 years old. During the

period from 1998 to the present, 667 children died from excessive

heat as a result of being left enclosed in parked vehicles.

That's an average 37 children per year. In most of these cases,

about 54 percent, these children were forgotten in vehicles as a

result of parents or caregivers being distracted.


The NWS and NHTSA offer the following safety precautions to help

avoid tragic deaths of babies and young children.


- Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, not even for a



- If you see a child unattended in a vehicle, call 911.


- Make removing your child from the vehicle your first priority

once you have parked.


- Routinely look in the back and front of your vehicle before

locking and leaving your vehicle.


- As a visual reminder, keep a stuffed animal in the car seat.

When the child is placed in the car seat, move the stuffed animal

to the front so the driver sees it.


- Place your purse or briefcase in the back seat as a reminder

that you have your child in the car.


- Ask your childcare provider to call you if your child does not

show up for childcare.


Help educate parents and caregivers of the dangers of leaving

children unattended in vehicles. NWS and NHTSA urge you to "Look

before you lock." For more information and free downloadable

resources, go to:

(will be available by May 25)


For more information, contact:


Jannie G. Ferrell



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