Hyperthermia Dangers in Texas


What you should know about hyperthermia 

Texas leads the nation in hot car deaths among children. The temperature in a car can rise almost 20° F within the first 10 min., so even outside temperatures in the 60s can cause temperatures to rise above 110° F in a car. Children’s bodies overheat easily; a child’s body temperature may rise 3 to 5 times faster than an adult’s body temperature.

What Texas law says

Leaving a Child in a Vehicle (PC 22.10):
A person commits an offense if he or she intentionally or knowingly leaves a child in a motor vehicle for longer than 5 minutes knowing that the child is:

1. Younger than 7 years of age and;
2. Not attended by an individual in the vehicle who is 14 years of age or older.

What you can do to prevent hyperthermia

  • Teach children not to play in or around cars.
  • Never leave a child unattended in or around a car.
    • Make a habit of looking in the car before locking the door and walking away.
  • Never assume it can't happen to you or your child
    • Not all hot car deaths happen intentionally.  Sometimes a change in routine or busy schedule can cause a caregiver to forget that a child is still in the car.
  • If you see an unattended child in or around a car, CALL 911!

Hyperthermia flyers

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Hyperthermia Flyer (Eng.)     Hyperthermia Flyer (Span.)


Links to other hyperthermia flyers are included below:

Last updated July 28, 2011