First day of summer serves as reminder not to leave children in hot cars

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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.

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