Tips to keep your kids safe during hot summer months

Tips to keep your kids safe during hot summer months

Temperatures outside are continuing to rise making temperatures inside your car deadly. Every year a number of children are left inside hot simmering cars.

"Days can be strenuous we wake up early and we're tired. You get in a routine going to work. We don't want you to forget that you have that child in the car seat and go to work and forget to drop them off," Sergeant Bryan Witt with Department of Public Safety. 

DPS reported eight children have died nationwide since January after being left in hot vehicles. It doesn't take long for cars to get hot inside. 

"It has been a little over 30  minutes with this particular demonstration. As we can see the outdoor temperature is at 87 degrees. The indoor temperature it has already risen to 109 degrees and it is still climbing. It doesn't take very long for cars to get hot. Whenever they reach 104 degree temperature we can see organs to stop to shut down. When it gets to 107 degrees then they could die," Karen Peoples with TxDOT said. 

Peoples said the best way to avoid an incident like this is to make sure safety precautions are in place for your family. 

"We just encourage people to you know, create a system that would keep them aware if the baby has been dropped off at day care or a caregiver that they have given," Peoples said. 

One way to remember your little passenger is by placing your purse, wallet or cell phone in the back seat next to your child. Or you can leave a toy in the front seat with you to remember your precious cargo

Leaving a child behind can result in legal consequences. 

"If you leave a child in a car and they are neglected or child endangerment if they are injured in a vehicle there's things like child endangerment or involuntary manslaughter," Witt said.  

Witt also said to make sure you leave the car locked so children don't get trapped inside when playing around your vehicle. 

According to safe kids worldwide the U.S. averages 37 child deaths per year due to being left in a vehicle with rising temperatures. 

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