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Keep kids safe from the dangers of hot cars

Posted June 29, 2017

Triple-digit temperatures have arrived in North Texas and, tragically, so has one of the hazards of summer — kids in hot cars. So far this year, seven children have died in hot cars in Texas.

Consider these statistics:

  • On average, 37 children die across the U.S. from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside vehicles.
  • 87 percent of these deaths are children under 3.
  • 55 percent of these children were left in the car unknowingly; 28 percent got into an unlocked car.
  • Even with windows cracked, the interior temperature in a car can get to 125 degrees F in minutes.
  • Even the best parents or caregivers can unknowingly leave a sleeping baby in a car. The end result can be injury or death.

Here are some tips to help keep kids safe:

  • Create a reminder to check the back seat.
  • Put something you’ll need, like your cell phone, handbag, employee ID or brief case, in the back seat so that you have to open the back door to retrieve that item every time you park.
  • Keep a large stuffed animal in the child’s car seat. When the child is placed in the car seat, put the stuffed animal in the front passenger seat. It’s a visual reminder that the child is in the back seat.
  • Keep car keys and remote openers out of reach of children.
  • Use technology. Apps like WAZE have child reminders when you arrive at your destination.

If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. Call 9-1-1 immediately. If the child seems hot or sick, get them out of the vehicle as quickly as possible.

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