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Be extra vigilant this summer, don't leave children in hot cars

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Summer doesn't begin until June 21, but already this year seven children have died of heat stroke after being left in vehicles.

 KidsAndCars.org reports the following deaths in a 16-day period in May: 

 ~A 5-month-old girl died May 10 in El Paso, TX after her mother – a high school teacher – unknowingly left her behind in her SUV

~A 4-month-old boy died May 15 in Transylvania County, NC after his grandmother forgot to drop him off at daycare

~An 11-month-old boy died May 16 in Miami, FL died after being left in his mother's car

~A 1-year-old girl died May 17 in Dallas, TX after her mother – an elementary school teacher – unknowingly left her behind in her vehicle

~A 1-year-old boy died May 24 in Corpus Christi, TX after his uncle forgot to drop him off at daycare

~An 18-month-old boy and a 2-month-old girl died May 26 in Glen Allen, VA when they were left in the car while their mother was at work

 

All of the children were left by a family member, and all but one child were younger than 2 years old.

 

Please remember these tips:

-Look before you lock. Leave your purse or work bag buckled into a back seat to remember if you have a quiet/sleeping baby in the back

-Call 911 immediately if you see a child left alone in a vehicle – don't wait

-Communicate if you have a change in schedule – if someone else is taking the baby to daycare one day, set up a back up plan for the daycare to call you if the baby doesn't arrive at the normal time

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