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3 Ways to Prevent Child Hot Car Deaths

Posted by Debra Luben, M.D. on Aug 5, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Every summer, cities all over the United States report deaths of children who have been left in hot cars, primarily because their parents forgot they were back there. While outraged people often say, “How can a parent possibly forget their child is in the car,” the truth of the matter is it happens and it happens often. Being busy, distracted or even changing your usual routine can all increase the risk of absent-mindedly leaving a child in their car seat in the back of the vehicle. In fact, HealthyChildren.org reported that heat stroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths in children younger than 15 years.

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Topics: heat stroke, hot car, death, child safety

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