As the temperatures rise, so do cases of children left in hot cars.
According to KidsandCars.org, the number of children who died after being left in a hot car nearly doubled in May compared to last year. Seven children died in a 16-day period.
In the majority of hot car deaths, a family member is the one who left the child in the car, either from being distracted and forgetting the child, or because they thought a few minutes wouldn’t matter.
When it’s 80 degrees outside in can be 110 degrees inside a vehicle.
Here are some safety tips to protect your family:
- Put something you’ll need like a purse or brief case on the floor board in the back seat.
- Always open the back door of your vehicle when you reach your destination.
- Keep vehicles locked at all times, even in the garage or driveway.
- Keep keys and/or remote openers away from children.
For more information, visit KidsandCars.org.