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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.

Never leave a child alone in a vehicle, even for 1 minute. If you see a child unattended in a hot vehicle, call 911 immediately.

Other tips to lower the risk of injury and death in vehicles:

  • Take children out of their car seat and out of the vehicle as soon as you arrive at your destination.
  • Always check the back seat to make sure all children are out of the vehicle before locking and leaving it.
  • Create reminders to check your car before leaving it, especially during busy and stressful times or if you have changed your schedule

- Keep a stuffed animal in the car seat. Each time your child is put into the seat, place the animal in the front with the driver.

- Place an item in the back seat that you will need at your destination, like your purse, briefcase, or cell phone. This is a reminder that you have your child in the car and means that you will need to check the back seat before leaving the car.

  • Keep your vehicle locked at all times to prevent children from getting in.
  • Keep car keys and remote entry fobs out of reach of children.
  • Visit for more tips on lowering the risk of injury and death in vehicles.

Current as of: July 28, 2023

Author: Provincial Injury Prevention, Alberta Health Services