Texas #1 In Child Deaths Left In Cars

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Texas ranks number one in the nation of child deaths left in hot cars. 

A six month old baby girl recently died in Henderson County when left inside the car during high heat temperatures. 

This makes her the fourth child to die of a heat stroke in Texas this year.

The Texas Department Of Transportation advises care givers to leave something they need like a purse or cellphone next to the car seat to avoid leaving a child behind. 

Octavio Saenz, a public information officer for the Texas Department Of Transportation, stated, “Even if the temperature outside is in the 60’s. Imagine if it’s in the near 100’s outside, it’s really quick when a child can suffer heat stroke because their body temperature goes up three to five times faster than an adult. So for us it may be okay but for children it can be deadly.” 

According to a recent study, on average, a child dies from heat stroke inside a car every ten days. 

Officials want parents to know that it only takes 10 minutes for the temperature inside the car to rise 20 degrees. 

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