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Preventing Injury and Death in Vehicles

​Every year children in Canada die from being left inside a vehicle that is too hot. Even days that don't seem very warm can be dangerous because the heat of the sun can make the inside of the car very hot.

Power windows can also be a hazard because your child could get their head caught if they lean on the window switch.

Here are some tips to lower the risk of injury and death in vehicles:

  • Take children out of the vehicle as soon as you arrive to your destination
  • Check the back seat to make sure children have left the vehicle before locking and leaving it
  • Keep your vehicle locked at all times to prevent children from getting in
  • Keep car keys out of reach of children
  • Create reminders to check your car before leaving it, especially during busy and stressful times or if you have changed your schedule
  • Visit Kids and Cars.org for other tips on lowering the risk of injury and death in vehicles

Never leave a child alone in a vehicle, even for 1 minute.

Current as of: January 27, 2020

Author: Provincial Injury Prevention Program, Alberta Health Services