JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — Children die of heatstroke every year, and with temperatures already high here in Mississippi, it’s important to take steps to avoid hot car deaths.
According to AAA, a child dies from heatstroke about once every 10 days if left alone in a hot car, but there are some ways to help you remember your child in the back seat.
A local pediatrician said parents should put something in the back seat with the child.
“If your child is sleeping in the back seat again and your bag or your personal belongings or an important item such as a cell phone if it is in the back seat next to your child, you are more likely to look for it and remind the child and let it go. we probably walk away from the car with the kid still in the back seat and that could save lives,” Dr. John Gaudet.
Officials said the temperature inside a car, on a mild, sunny day, can reach 20 degrees in just 10 minutes.