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Children in Vehicles

 WARNING: A vehicle is not a babysitter

Never leave kids alone in a vehicle. They are not safe. They can suffer medical distress or become victims of crime.

Prevent tragedy:

  • Make sure children are always properly supervised
  • Plan outings that fit into both you and your child's schedule
  • Use drive-through services
  • Wake a napping child or postpone an errand rather than leave them alone

What can happen:

  • It only takes a child seconds to be put at risk
  • Children can put a car in motion by moving the gear shift or by playing with the brakes
  • Children can come under medical distress requiring immediate help
  • Children can get out of their safety restraints, exit the car and wander off
  • Children can roll up windows on themselves causing suffocation and even death
  • The temperature inside a vehicle intensifies quickly, which can cause children to overheat or freeze
  • Theft of the vehicle with children inside
  • Abductions and crimes against children

If you spot a child left alone in a car:

  • Call the police/911 immediately. Provide them with the location, license plate and vehicle description.
  • Stay with the children until help arrives, and assist them if required.
  • Don't let fear or lack of time prevent you from reporting unattended children. You may be saving their lives.

EPS and Child and Family Services take these matters seriously and consequences may include:

  • Investigation by EPS and Child and Family Services
  • Potential charges under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act or the Criminal Code.
  • Sentences can range from probation to jail.

It only takes seconds for children to become victims of crime. If you're not with your children, you can't protect them. Don't let a moment of convenience become a lifetime of regret.