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As of Monday, 15 children have died this summer from being left in a hot car. Child safety expert Janice Williams says that some parents intentionally leave their kids in the car because they are running a quick errand. Too often, however, parents misjudge how long errands take. It only takes 10-20 minutes for a car to heat up to deadly temperatures. At a car demonstration today, it only took fifteen minutes for the car to climb up to 117 degrees. Biologically, children are in more danger in the heat than adults.

"Children are more susceptible to heat more than adults are. They generate heat faster and they don't have the mechanism to sweat it off," says Matthews Fire Chief Dennis Green.

Both Green and Williams say for the parents who may accidentally forget their sleeping child in the car should find a way to help them remember. Green suggests putting an item you'll need next to the baby so when you reach for it, you'll remember your child is in the back seat. Williams also suggests putting a sticker on the driver's side window as a "gentle reminder that there's still something precious in the back seat." Additionally, make sure to keep your car locked so your children don't climb inside while they're playing.

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