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Public Information Notice 16-14
National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC
1205 PM EDT Thu May 19 2016
-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
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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