Keeping Kids Safe In or Around Vehicles

For more information:

Child Protective Services Hotline at

703-324-7400 (press option 2)
TTY 703-222-9452

NEVER leave children alone in or around vehicles.

Many caring and responsible parents have left their children alone in a car, not realizing the risks involved. Parents should not leave a child alone in a car while they drop off clothing at the dry cleaner or escort another child to school. Results of leaving a child alone in a vehicle can be deadly.

  • The temperature inside a car can reach deadly levels in minutes.
  • Children can accidentally set the vehicle in motion.
  • Drivers have difficulty seeing small children when they back up.
  • The child might leave the vehicle to go look for you.
  • Your child can be abducted.

Safety Tips

  • Children should never be left alone in a vehicle, not even while running a quick errand.
  • Keep vehicles locked at all times, even when in the driveway or garage.
  • Keys should never be left within reach of children.
  • Teach your children to never play in or around a vehicle.
  • Consider installing cross-view mirrors and/or a backup detection device on your vehicle.
  • Always make sure all child passengers have left the car after it is parked.
  • If a child is locked inside a car, get them out as quickly as possible. If they are very hot or seem sick, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
  • When a child is missing, check vehicles and car trunks immediately.

* Information provided by the KIDS IN CARS organization.

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