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Child Passenger Safety Heat Awareness Tips

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As a caregiver, the thought of leaving a child unattended in a vehicle probably seems beyond belief, a scenario reserved for headlines and cautionary tales. Yet, the reality is starkly different. The risk to children in unattended vehicles spans all seasons, with the potential for danger escalating rapidly during warmer months. Britax, alongside child safety leaders like,, and, is dedicated to raising heat safety awareness and preventing these heart-wrenching incidents through education and vigilance.

Understanding the Risks

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), an alarming average of 38 children succumb to heatstroke in vehicles across the United States each year. The temperature inside a car can rise sharply, increasing by 20° F in just ten minutes. Such conditions can lead to life-threatening situations for young passengers.

Cars heat up quickly. Outside temperature 80. Inside 109 at 20 minutes. Inside 118 at 40 minutes. Inside 123 at 60 minutes.

Commit to "Look Before You Lock"

In our fast-paced world, it's all too easy to become distracted. Even the most loving and attentive parents can overlook a sleeping child in the back seat. To combat this, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) champions the "Look Before You Lock" campaign, offering these practical car safety tips:

  • Always check the back seat before locking your vehicle, making this a non-negotiable part of your parking routine.
  • Use everyday items like your phone, purse, or work badge as reminders to open the back door every time you park.
  • Create a visual cue that you can use in your vehicle, such as a stuffed animal in the front seat, as a tangible reminder to check the back seat before you lock your car.
  • Keep your vehicle locked, even while you’re at home, to prevent children from entering unsupervised.

Prevention Is Possible

Recognizing that such tragedies are entirely preventable is the first step. When it comes to hot car safety, cultivating a habit of mindfulness can help you safeguard your family, transforming routine checks into a shield against potential danger.

Accessories for Added Safety

While no accessory can substitute for vigilance, there are tools to help mitigate the risks. Sunshades, like the Britax EZ-Cling Window Shades, can help to significantly reduce the temperature inside of your car, offering comfort and an additional layer of protection on warmer days. Sunshades are meant to help keep children cool during car rides only. Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle for any amount of time.

Britax remains steadfast in its commitment to the safety and well-being of children. By embracing awareness, incorporating safety practices into our daily routines, and utilizing protective accessories, we can collectively ensure that our little ones remain safe, cool, and secure on every journey. Let’s unite in making child heat safety a priority, prioritizing care and precaution in every action.

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