NATIONAL (WCIA) — Nine children around the country have died after being left in hot cars so far this year.
A new report by the National Safety Council says being left in hot cars kills an average of 37 children a year. Officials say even one death is too many.
A lot of times, this sort of thing isn’t intentional. Authorities say you should put your phone or shoe in the backseat as a reminder to get it, and your child, out of the back.
It’s just one example of how these deaths are entirely preventable. Children’s bodies heat up faster than adults’, so even if you’re just running into the store for five minutes, it’s a bad idea to leave your child inside.
It only takes a few minutes for the inside temperature of a car to get over 100-degrees. Officials say, the information applies to pets as well.
As the temperature rises, you’ll also want to be careful with the hose. The sun can heat the water inside to scalding temperatures and it can cause third degree burns. So, before you let pets drink from it or spray kids with it, let the hot water run out.