Busy, distracted parents can easily leave a child in a hot car but following a few simple tips may help save lives.

Did you know that even on a mild 80-degree day, the temperature inside a car can rise 19 degrees in 10 minutes? With high summer temperatures across North Texas, it’s vital to establish a safety routine to prevent hot car tragedy. 

According to KidsandCars.org, 143 children died from vehicular heatstroke in Texas between 1990 and 2020. Hot car deaths in 2018 were at an all-time high with a total of 54 children dying in hot cars nationwide. Since a child's body heats up three to five times faster than an adult's, the risk of heat stroke, brain damage and death are much greater for children left in hot cars.

This means that only a few minutes can make the difference between life and death. 

See six steps to prevent hot car deaths.