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Preventing hot car deaths of children

Posted: 5:38 PM, Jul 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-11 18:38:46-04

TULSA -- Some may never understand how a parent can leave a child in a hot car, but doctors say it can happen to anybody.

First responders say on a 70 degree day, temperatures inside a vehicle can climb to triple digits in just a few minutes.

52 children died in the country last year from heat strokes while inside a car, two of them were in Oklahoma.

Local first responders recently did a demonstration of a hot car rescue. Typically, parents tell them it was an accident.

Doctors say stress can be a factor, as well as a change in routine. There are methods to prevent this tragedy from happening.

"If your child is in daycare you can have an agreement with your daycare, where if my child hasn’t arrived at a normal time someone can call and say hey you didn’t say your child wasn’t going to be here, is everything okay?" said Dr. Sha-Rhonda Morton, a physician at Morton Comprehensive Health Services.

Doctors say to throw an item you typically need in the back seat, like one of your shoes or cell phone to help remind you to check the back seat of the car.

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