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Hot Cars Have Killed 8 Children In The U.S. This Year

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The weather is warming up and so is the inside of your car.

While the temperature outside is comfortable, it could be too hot in your car especially for pets and children.

Within just minutes temperatures inside cars can get dangerous. The Quad Cities Safe Kids Coalition tested that theory out today. In four minutes the inside of a car went from 69 degrees to 95 degrees.

Every ten days a child in the US dies after being left alone in a hot car.

"Yesterday, we lost our 8th child this year so far from being left in the vehicle and the temperatures rose," said coordinator for the Quad Cities Safe Kids Coalition Keene Hart.

It's something that's completely avoidable, more than half of those children are "forgotten" by their caregivers.

An East Moline mom Rikki Bennett says they have a routine that prevents the worst from happening, check the inside of the car, shut and lock the doors.

"Well, we never leave our kid in the car, because the temperature can rise very quickly," said Bennett. "And even when the car is parked while they're not in it, i leave the windows cracked so hopefully his car seat doesn't get as hot so he won't get burnt by the buckles."

Hart said a good thing for parents to do is put something in the backseat of your car near where the child is buckled in, like a briefcase or cell phone.

"Put something back there so you won't forget, because you can get zoned out and just go in and then they realize 'I gotta go back and get my keys, then opens the door and goes 'oh my gosh the kids still in here, good thing, '" said Hart.

And another good tip, don't let your kids play around cars.

"If you've got them in the car, buckle them up, restrain them, but don't leave them in the car, even for a minute to go into that grocery store, to get that snack, that milk, whatever you have to pick up, don't leave your kids in the car," said Hart. "And animals too, people forget about their dogs, they're just as bad."

Last year 43 children died from heatstroke while left alone in a car. So far this year there's been 8 deaths from that same cause, already more this year then there was at this time last year.

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