Unlimited Access. Try it Today! Your First 10 Days Always $0.99
Lifestyle Maryland Family

AAA issues warning about leaving children in hot cars

AAA Mid-Atlantic today released a list of safety tips to help parents and care givers remember to never leave a child unattended in a car. Their advice comes on the heels of the heartbreaking death on Friday of a 16-month-old girl in Baltimore County. She had been left in a hot truck for several hours and died of hyperthermia, according to officials. 

“These deaths prove a painful point – children cannot be left unattended in cars,” Ragina C. Averella, manager of public and government affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic, said in a statement. “It’s important to remember that temperatures inside a car on a day with outside temperatures in the mid-to-high 90’s can quickly soar to nearly 200 degrees, which is hot enough to cook many foods and to kill most living things. Never leave children or pets in a parked car. If you do see a child or pet locked in a car and cannot find the owner of the vehicle, call 911 immediately.”

AAA Mid-Atlantic and NHTSA have released the following safety tips: 

  • Never leave a child alone in a car – even with the windows partially opened – as a vehicle’s interior can still heat up quickly to deadly temperatures.
  • Do not leave your children in a running vehicle with the air conditioner on even for a few minutes; your child may put the car into drive or even get caught in a closing power window, not to mention that you increase the risk of your vehicle being carjacked and your child abducted.
  • Make a habit of looking in the vehicle – front and back – before locking the door and walking away.  Children have died because they fell asleep in their car seats and their parents or caregivers didn’t realize they were still in the car.
  • If your spouse or a guardian is taking your children to day care ask him or her to call you to make sure the drop-off went according to plan.
  • Do things to remind you that a child is in the vehicle:
  • Leave a written note in your vehicle where you will see it as you leave the vehicle, such as on the dashboard area.
  • Place your purse, briefcase or something else you need in the back seat where your child is seated so that you will have to check that area when you leave the vehicle.
  • Keep an object in your child’s car seat, such as a stuffed toy.  When the child is buckled in, place the object where the driver will notice it when leaving the vehicle, as a reminder that a child is in the back seat. 
  • Do not let your children play in an unattended vehicle – teach them that a car is not a play area; always lock your car doors and keep car keys out of children’s reach.
Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Raising kids in the world of texting, tweeting and tagging
    Raising kids in the world of texting, tweeting and tagging

    Meredith Long's twin daughters were 11 years old when they started to use Snapchat, then moved on to Kik Messenger and ooVoo. When they turned 12 and got their first cellphones in December, they expanded to Instagram.

  • The positive side of kids and technology
    The positive side of kids and technology

    When Alison Brennan was in college, she had a telephone in her dorm room — but she rarely used it to call home. “I called my parents after 11 on Sunday nights, when the rates went down,” the Towson resident says with a laugh, recalling the not-so-distant past, when...

  • Training young athletes in the offseason
    Training young athletes in the offseason

    Maybe basketball just ended and the kids don’t have another activity until the pool opens this summer. Maybe your daughter is excited about her first season of soccer — which doesn’t start until September. Or maybe your son just gave up on baseball, leaving a void of...

  • Shaving cream pie fight
    Shaving cream pie fight

    The Center Ring Circus School attempts to break the record for the largest shaving cream pie fight.

  • They're never too old for picture books
    They're never too old for picture books

    Editor's note: This week, we're introducing a new regular contributor to Life & Travel. Paula Willey of the Baltimore County Public Library will explore and recommend books for young readers.

  • Bill looks to put healthy drinks in kids' meals
    Bill looks to put healthy drinks in kids' meals

    Restaurants could be required to offer healthy drink options — not just soda — with kids' meals under legislation that has pitted public health advocates against the beverage and dining industries in Annapolis.