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Preventing child deaths from heatstroke

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Any driver with child passengers may want to think twice the next time they leave children alone in a hot car.  

The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service suggests that you look before you lock.

Heatstroke is the leading cause of death of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children according the Fire and Rescue group. The number of children who have died in hot cars have doubled nationally since last year.

Recently, an eight-month-old baby died after being left in a hot car in Alexandria,Virginia. The 32-year-old mother, Zoraida Magali Conde Hernandez, was arrested Friday for child neglect.

These tragedies are preventable. The Montgomery Fire and Rescue is working with an organization dedicated to preventing child injuries, Safe Kids Worldwide to stop child deaths in hot cars.

Below are facts and tips by Montgomery Fire and Rescue to prevent this issue from reoccurring.


  • When temperatures outside are in the 80s, temperatures inside a car with the windows rolled down two inches can be deadly for children.
  •  Every 10 days, a child dies in a hot car due to a heatstroke.

Tips (ACT):

  • A: Avoid heatstroke-related injuries and death by never leaving children unattended in a car. Get into the habit of looking at your vehicle in the front and backseat. Keep car keys away from children and lock doors when the vehicle is not in use so that children do not get into the car on their own.
  • C: Create reminders by putting something you’ll look for in the backseat of your car next to the child.  For example, leave your cell phone in the back, it’s likely you’ll pick it up before you leave your car.
  • T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel encourage you to call.
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