Kids & Cars

It's hot outside, which means it's even hotter in your parked car! Roanoke Fire-EMS, the Virginia Department of Health and Kids and Cars want to remind parents and caregivers on the dangers of leaving children unattended in and around vehicles.

In 2013, 32 children died from heat stroke by being left inside of a vehicle. All of these fatalities were preventable! Just yesterday, 2 children in Arkansas were found dead in the trunk of a car - a 2 and 3 year old that will never start school, ride their first bike or grow up. Below are some safety tips to remember that will keep your children and grandchildren safe in and around cars

  • If you are driving a bus or van, don't forget to check all seats for sleeping children in your vehicle!
  • Place your purse or briefcase in the backseat. This allows you to check the car to make sure no one is left inside.
  • Be aware - take the time to make sure that you do not leave your child unintentionally inside of your vehicle!
For more information about protecting your child, check out the Kids and Cars website.