In July of each year, Collierville Fire & Rescue kicks off its annual campaign designed to heighten awareness of the dangers of leaving children in vehicles. The Heat Kills campaign relies on stickers and posters, which remind people to not leave children in vehicles. The stickers urge individuals to report children left in cars by calling 9-1-1.

Each year, firefighters from across the Mid-South respond to hundreds of calls regarding children left in hot vehicles. Temperatures in parked vehicles without the air conditioning running during summer months can range from 120 to 170 degrees. Tests have shown that the temperature can soar to 134 degrees in less than five minutes!

Our goal is to get the word out as much as we can and prevent any of these deaths from happening this summer. Thanks to Battalion Chief Tim Rice, who spearheaded the project. Now we need everyone's help. Please get the word out before it gets too hot and maybe we can prevent a needless death of a small child this summer.

         If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle, call the police.


If a child is in distress due to heat, get them out as quickly as possible,
cool the child rapidly and call 9-1-1 immediately.



 Symptoms include :  dizziness, disorientation, agitation, confusion, sluggishness, seizure, hot dry skin that is flushed but not sweaty, loss of consciousness, rapid heartbeat, hallucinations.

A core body temperature of 107 degrees F is considered lethal as cells are damaged and internal organs shut down. Children's thermoregulatory systems are not as efficient as an adult's and their body temperatures warm at a rate 3 to 5 times faster than an adults.

Disasters Happen Quickly

You live by your daily routine and it helps you get things done. Be extra careful, though, if you have to change any part of that routine. This is more likely to happen when you, or caregiver who helps with your children, forgets that a child is in the back seat. This can and does happen when you break a well-established routine.At other times, you are on your way home and realize you need to stop in at the store and pick up one or two things for dinner. So, you leave your child unattended, thinking, I'll just run into the store for a minute.

Even cool temperatures in the 60s can cause the temperature to rise well above 110° Fahrenheit inside your car. The inside temperature can rise almost 20 degrees within the first 10 minutes.  Some children die in hot cars after climbing into an unlocked vehicle without an adults' knowledge. Once in the vehicle, they may become confused by the door opening mechanism or trapped in the trunk, and unable to get out before heatstroke occurs.

Prevention Tips:

Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle.

Do not let your children play in an unattended vehicle. Teach them that a vehicle is not a play area.

Never leave infants or children in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are partially open.

Make a habit of looking in the vehicle - front and back - before locking the door and walking away.

If you are dropping your child off at childcare, and normally it's your spouse or partner who drops them off, have your spouse or partner call you to make sure the drop went according to plan. Ask your childcare provider to call you if your child does not show up for childcare.

Do things to remind yourself that a child is in the vehicle, such as:

Writing yourself a note and putting the note where you will see it when you leave the vehicle

Placing your purse, briefcase or something else you need in the back seat so that you will have to check the back seat when you leave the vehicle.

Always lock vehicle doors and trunks and keep keys out of children's reach. If a child is missing, check the vehicle first, including the trunk. 

Total number of U.S. hyperthermia deaths of children left in cars: 
Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of childen left in cars, 2016 = 39
Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 2015 = 24
Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 1998 to Presennt = 700
Average number of U.S. child heatstroke fatalities per year since 1998 = 37

Average elapsed time and temperature rise:
10 minutes ~ 19 deg F 
20 minutes ~ 29 deg F 
30 minutes ~ 34 deg F 
60 minutes ~ 43 deg F 
  1 to 2 hours ~ 45-50 deg F
   2 to 4 hours ~ 50-55 deg F

An examination of media reports about the 700 child vehicular hyperthermia deaths for a thirteen year period (1998 through 2016) shows the following circumstances:
54% - child "forgotten" by caregiver (376 children)
28% - child playing in unattended vehicle (198 children)
17% - child intentionally left in vehicle by adult (120 children)
  1% - circumstances unknown (6 children)

Children that have died from vehicular hyperthermia in the United States (1998-2016) have ranged in age from 5 days to 14 years. More than half of the deaths are children under 2 years of age. Below are the percentage of deaths (and the number of deaths) sorted by age:
Less than 1 year old = 32% (225 children)
1-year old = 22%     (154 children)
2-years old = 20%   (136 children)
3-years old = 13%     (92 children)
4-years old = 6%       (42 children)
5-years old = 3%       (23 children)
6-years old > = 10%  (28 children)


Please share these important safety tips with your childcare providers, teachers, relatives, friends, family and neighbors... It could save a life!


Drowning is a leading cause of death for children under the age of five. Too often, firefighters hear people say, "It was just a few seconds." Unfortunately, just a few seconds is all it takes for a child to drown.


Most of these children drown in their own backyard swimming pool, but others drown in buckets, bathtubs, toilets, dog water bowls, canals and ponds. Small children are top-heavy, and they don't have the upper body strength to lift themselves out of one of these dangerous situations. Even if the child survives the incident, they are often left with permanent brain damage.

Drowning and near drowning can be prevented, and you can help! Anyone involved with the supervision of children needs to be aware of the dangers associated with any body of water. Below are some useful tips to prevent these needless tragedies.

  • Know where your children are at all times
  • Use an approved barrier to separate the pool from the house
  • Never allow children to be alone near a pool or any water source
  • Have life-saving devices near the pool, such as a pole/hook, or flotation device
  • Keep large objects such as tables, chairs, toys, and ladders away from pool fences
  • Post the 9-1-1 number on the phone
  • Do not allow children to play around the pool and store all toys outside the pool area
  • If you leave the pool area, take the children with you
  • Always have a designated child watcher
  • Learn to swim
  • Never swim alone, or while under the influence of alcohol or medications
  • Never swim when thunder or lightning is present
  • Never dive into unfamiliar or shallow bodies of water

Public Education Advisory


It’s Hot Outside!
Stay Cool, Stay Hydrated, and Stay Informed

The hot days of summer are here. Throughout our community, thousands of employees who work outdoors face the potential dangers associated with overexposure to heat. With temperatures expected to exceed 90 degrees in the coming days, it is important to remind citizens how to prepare. Make sure you know what to do and how to care for heat-related emergencies.

 “Hotter and more humid weather is expected this summer across much of Tennessee, but many people don’t understand just how dangerous the heat can be,” Chief of Administration Mark King said. “Healthy people of any age can have heat-related illnesses.”

Adults over 65, children under four, people with existing medical problems such as heart disease, and those without access to air conditioning are at greatest risk of developing heat-related illness.
  • Drink cool water. 
  • Dress appropriately.  
  • Work in ventilated areas.  
  • Work less, rest more. 
  • Ask how workers are feeling. 
  • Know the signs and take prompt action.  
  • Train first-aid workers. 
  • Reduce work for anyone at risk. 
  • Check with your doctor. 
  • Watch out for other hazards. 

Understand the Five Categories of Heat-Related Illness
If you know the warning signs of each, you have a better chance of taking care of any employee suffering from heat stress so they escape serious disabilities or even death.
1.  Heat Rash.  Caused by skin being constantly wet from sweat and plugged sweat glands, this condition appears as a raised, red blistery rash.

2.  Heat Cramps.  Caused by excessive loss of water and elecrolytes, with cramps usually occurring in the legs or abdomen.

3.  Heat Syncope.  Caused by prolonged standing or sudden rising from a sitting or lying position, includes fainting or dizziness.

4.  Heat Exhaustion. Symptoms are pale skin, excessive sweating, headache, nausea and vomiting, blurred vision and dizziness, with the potential for fainting.

5.  Heat Stroke.  Symptoms are dry, hot skin and a very high body temp, skin is red but without sweat, and the person suffering a heat stroke is incoherent or unconscious. 


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