So far this year, 14 kids have died across the nation due to heatstroke after being left in a hot car.
“And every minute, it gets hotter and hotter.”
Half of those deaths, seven kids, were in Texas alone.
“It’s a violation to leave a child younger than seven years of age for longer than five minutes unless that individual is accompanied by an adult 14 years of age or older,” Sgt. Justin Baker, with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), said.
Despite this state law, people still leave their kids alone in the car.
The best thing to do is always take your kids with you. Even if you have a remote start, you can’t always rely on that.
“We strongly discourage that.”
“Because people can easily be distracted and next thing you know, that timer runs out after 15 minutes.”
So, just how hot can a car get? And how quickly?
“Within just 10 minutes, that temperature can increase 19 degrees. And every 10 minutes after that, you’re gonna go up 19 degrees.”
A tip from DPS: put reminders in the backseat with your child, like your phone or a briefcase, to ensure you take them with you. Also, if you ever see a child alone in a car, call 9-1-1.
© 2017 KXVA-TV