How to prevent leaving children in hot cars

By Anna Norris

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How to prevent leaving children in hot cars

July 25, 2014 Updated Jul 25, 2014 at 2:33 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Every year dozens of children die from heatstroke after being left in the car. Government leaders said this is a problem that is often preventable if parents follow some easy tips.

Last year, 44 children were killed after being left in vehicles.

Safety experts said almost any time of the year is dangerous because the temperature in a closed car can jump more than 20 degrees in only 10 minutes.

Advocates offer these tips to remember your child in the car:

- Put your handbag, briefcase or cell phone behind the driver's seat, forcing you to look back
- Keep a stuffed animal up front as a reminder
- Ask your daycare provider to call you if your child doesn't show up

So far this year, at least 17 children have died in cars that were too hot.

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