Dangers of leaving children in hot cars

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PHARR, Texas – Driscoll Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention Department is sharing the dangers of leaving children in hot cars. Heat stroke is the second leading cause of vehicular-related deaths for children in the United States.

Karen Beard with Driscoll Children’s Hospital demonstrates how high temperatures can reach in a non-running vehicle. She urges parents to use precaution. In order not to forget their child is in the back of the car, place their phone or another item that is needed so that it must be reached for.

Karen Beard, Driscoll Children’s Hospital, “If a child falls asleep in your car it is real easy for your mind to drift real fast. And then you get all the way to work if they’re still asleep you don’t know that they’re in the car. But if you have to get out of your car and get something out of the backseat, then you at least you can save your child’s life.”

Beard adds that each of the 52 hot car deaths involving children last year could have been prevented.

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