HEALTH MINUTE: Children and Hot Cars

By CNN

Published 07/02 2014 04:06PM

Updated 07/02 2014 04:10PM

Children accidentally being left in hot cars is a real issue, as we've seen in the news recently.  

This public service announcement carries a message with the power to save lives.  Simply put, "never leave your child alone in the car even for a minute, whether they're in a car seat or not."

The temperature inside that car can rise twenty degrees in a mere ten minutes.  And that can be devastating to a child.

Injuries can be serious, even deadly.  In fact, the organization KidsAndCars.org says that, on average throughout the past fifteen years, there have been 38 such fatalities annually in the U.S. alone.

Experts agree these tragedies are preventable, and offer these tips to all parents and caregivers.

A good reminder- visual reminder- might be to take that child's stuffed animal and have it in the front seat next to you

You may want to bring your purse or laptop computer and put it next to baby's carseat.

Whatever you do, never leave a child.

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