Tips to prevent hot car deaths

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REHOBETH, Ala. (WDHN) — During the summertime in the U.S., an average of 38 children die each year from having a heat stroke in a locked car.

So far in 2021, there have been a total of 10 heat-related deaths involving children.

46 percent of the time when a child was forgotten, the caregiver had intended to drop the child off at daycare or preschool. Also, Thursdays and Fridays being the end of the workweek tend to have the highest number of deaths.

Rehobeth EMS Captain Heather Thomas says luckily they haven’t responded to a call about kids or pets being locked in a car and suggests if you need to, place something in the backseat so that you can’t forget your child or pet.

“Put your purse or something that you have to grab to carry in with you whenever you go to work that’s just a reminder, so you can be aware of what’s back there and double-check yourself,” Heather Thomas said. “They say whenever you get somewhere and get outlook, lock and then look again.”

Captain Thomas says if you see a child locked in a car, immediately look for the parent or dial 911. She also advises staying hydrated during these hot temperatures.

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