Car and Driveway Safety
Heatstroke Prevention – Never Leave Children in a Car
- Keep vehicles in driveways or garages locked and store keys out of children’s reach to avoid children becoming trapped in a vehicle.
- When getting out of your vehicle, check to make sure all children are out of the vehicle and accounted for. Put a purse or other important item in the backseat with your child as a reminder.
- Never leave a child unattended or unsupervised in a motor vehicle. It is extremely hot, especially in Florida during the summer and can result in the child’s injury or death.
- Florida law states that children under six should never be left in a motor vehicle for longer than 15 minutes. Furthermore, children under six should not be left in a vehicle for any period of time if the motor is running, the health of the child is in danger or if the child appears to be in distress. A violation of this law is a second degree misdemeanor and can result in a fine of up to $500. If a child is injured, the violation becomes a third degree felony.
- Teach children to never play in, on, around, or under vehicles. Keep toys or bicycles off the driveway.
- Designate safe play areas for your children that are off the driveway and away from vehicles.
- If children play in the driveway, have an adult supervise at all times.
- Keep vehicles in driveways or garages locked and store keys out of children’s reach to avoid children getting in a vehicle and turning it on or moving it on accident.
- When backing out of the driveway or parked spot:
- Walk around your vehicle to check for children playing and make sure all children are safe and accounted for.
- Turn off your radio to better hear your surroundings. Roll down windows to listen for children or pedestrians.
- Know your vehicle’s blind spots and look again before backing. Check your rearview and side mirrors.
- Keep your foot on the brake until you completely shift into reverse. Look directly through the rear window and back out slowly.
- Look both ways especially over a sidewalk or other area where children or pedestrians are present like school zones and residential areas.
- Florida law states that the driver of a vehicle shall not back up unless such movement can be made with safety and without interfering with other traffic. Take a second look if you have any doubt!
- Refer to the official Florida Driver License Handbook for more information on car and driveway safety.
The Florida Department of Children and Families also has information about keeping your child safe in hot temperatures. Click here for more information.