AAA provides tips for parents to prevent hot car deaths

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – During the summer months, it can be extremely dangerous for families to leave children in hot cars.

According to AAA, a child dies from heatstroke about once every 10 days from being left alone in a hot vehicle. Heatstroke is the leading cause of a non-crash vehicle fatality for kids 14-years-old and younger.

You should never leave your child unsupervised in a vehicle, even for a minute.

Temperatures inside of a car, even on a mild and sunny day, can rise 20 degrees in just 10 minutes.

Accidents happen, but experts say there are a few easy tips that can help remind you that a child is in the car:

  • Look before you lock: Always check the backseat before leaving your vehicle.
  • Keep something in the backseat: Keep personal belongings that you might need in the backseat like a purse, wallet, or phone.
  • Travel with a furry companion: Leave a stuffed animal in the car seat. When a baby is in the car seat, move the stuffed animal to the front seat as a reminder.
  • Always lock your doors: Even when parked in the garage, lock your doors to make sure children can’t play in the car.
  • Put keys away: Don’t allow your children to play with your keys or key fab.
  • Have a plan: Make sure your child’s daycare calls you if your child doesn’t arrive as expected.
  • See something, do something: If you see a child alone in a car, call 911.

Officials say that most of the hot car deaths occur on Thursdays and Fridays when parents are tired from the workweek.

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