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Prevent Hot Car Deaths

Prevent Hot Car Deaths


Very hot weather is forecasted and that means that the chances will increase for more hot car deaths. Over half of the children who die in hot cars are forgotten by their parents or caregivers. Many children die in hot cars after the gain access to the vehicles. Please be alert.


For Parents and Caregivers

Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even for a minute.

Educate everyone who cares for your child about vehicle heating dynamics.

Make "Look Before You Lock" a routine.

Place a reminder in your vehicle to check the back seat at your destination.

Reduce risk by sticking to a routine and avoiding distractions.

Schedule a call as a reminder to ensure your child arrives at their destination, especially if your routine changes.

Ask your child care provider to call you if your child does not arrive as expected.

Ensure children do not have access to keys or key fobs.

Teach children vehicles are not play areas.

Immediately check vehicles if a child is missing.

Take action immediately if you see an unattended child in a vehicle.

Be an ambassador for child safety.


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Comment balloon 18 commentsRoy Kelley • June 29 2018 01:51PM


Good morning Roy - this is an important public service announcement.  I hope we don't hear of anything like this during the summer.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 8 months ago

That's an important reminder, especially in hot weather months.  It's also important to remember pets as well as children.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 8 months ago

Thanks so much for your feedback. Hot cars are deadly for pets as well as for children.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 8 months ago

Happy Friday Roy and Dolores.

These are excellent tips for parents of children and pets.  Wishing you both a great weekend. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 8 months ago

Hello Roy,  we got up to 105 yesterday in Denver, and I could not believe it but a dog was in a car at the grocery store with all the windows up.  I had the manager go over the inter comp to find the owner

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 8 months ago

We should also not forget how we shouldn't leave our pets in the car either.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 8 months ago

I any person or animal must sit in a  hot carr for more than 2 minute's it is to long and they should be left home

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 8 months ago

Great tips, Roy, for those with pets and children. Have a great weekend,

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker) 8 months ago

This is good information, from a comment that I think you mistakenly made on my blog post earlier, I thought it was referencing an infographic for this post, but I guess not.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 8 months ago

Thanks for spreading the word, Roy.  This type of death should never happen.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 8 months ago

An info graphic for heat safety

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 8 months ago

These are great safety tips to practice and implement.

Let's hope all kids are safe this summer and every day of the year. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 8 months ago

Hi Roy- it doesn't take long for a car to heat up and become dangerous. Let's hope that people read and heed this. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 8 months ago

WONDERFUL and timely public service post, Roy. I am keenly aware of my surroundings when I get out of my car. This time of year, I'm also mindful of the cars around me - being sure there are no children left in them.

Have a great week, Roy!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 8 months ago

Excellent reminder list, Roy, to prevent an awful tragedy.  That list should be printed and kept on every vehicle dashboard....  You do a wonderful job - in so many of your posts - of calling attention to ways to prevent a heartbreaking  tragedy.

Posted by Jane Chaulklin-Schott, TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836 (TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766) 8 months ago

Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.

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