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As summer temperatures heat up quickly in Missouri, the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) reminds all parents and caretakers to never leave a child unattended in or around a vehicle. The interior of a vehicle can heat up to temperatures well over 100 degrees in just a few short minutes. But regardless of the temperature, children should NEVER be left alone in a vehicle because of other dangers and risks. A child left unattended in a vehicle even for a short time is in danger of dehydration, overheating, hyperthermia, injury, abduction and even death.

Kids and Cars urges parents to BESAFE by following these tips in order to avoid a record setting year for deaths like 2010:

Back seat – Put something in the back seat so you have to open the door when leaving the vehicle – cell, badge, handbag, etc.
very child should be correctly restrained in the back seat.
tuffed animal – Move it from the car seat to the front seat to remind you when your baby is in the back seat.
Ask your babysitter or child-care provider to call you within 10 minutes if your child hasn’t arrived on time.
Focus on driving – Avoid cell phone calls and texting while driving.
Every time you park your vehicle open the back door to make sure no one has been left behind.

To help spread this critical safety message, CTF offers several public education materials from our Not Even For A Minute Campaign (NEFAM). These are available at no cost in hard copy and download (pdf) and include a poster and rack card complete with helpful tips and reminders. The NEFAM Campaign also includes television and radio public service announcements:

AUDIO: Not Even for A Minute Radio Campaign