(WTVM) - The number of children who have died from being left in hot cars is nearly double the average for May this year.
In the summer, cars reach dangerous temperatures in minutes. Young children who are strapped in the backseat are sometimes forgotten by parents or family members who return to a heartbreaking discovery.
"The worst thing any parent or caregiver can do is think that this could never happen to them, that they are not capable of inadvertently leaving their child behind," says Kids and Cars founder Janette Fennell. "This can and does happen to the most loving, responsible and attentive parents."
Seven children died in hot cars during a 16 day period in four states. All but one was left by a family member, according to Kids and Cars.
Fennell recommends putting something, like a purse or wallet, in the back seat so you have to open the back door when leaving the car. A second option is to put a stuffed animal in the child seat when it is not in use and move it to the front when a child is in the seat. This will remind parents and relatives that a child is in the car seat.