Texas Leads Nation in Deaths of Children Left in Hot Cars

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Texas ranks number one in the nation when it comes to deaths of children left in hot cars.

A 6-month-old baby girl recently died in Henderson County when left inside the car during high temperatures. This makes the fourth child to die of heat stroke in Texas this year. The Texas Department of Transportation advises care-givers to leave something they need as a reminder, such as a purse or cellphone, next to the car seat.

Octavio Saenz – TxDOT PIO says, “Even if the temperature outside is in the 60’s. Imagine if it’s in the near 100’s. It’s quick when a child can suffer heat stroke because their body temperature goes up three to five times faster than an adult. For us it may be okay but for children it can be deadly.”

According to a recent study, on average every 10 days, a child dies from a heat stroke inside a car. Officials want parents to know it only takes 10 minutes for the temperature inside the car to rise 20 degrees.

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