Fla DCF: ‘Look before you lock’ kids in hot car

Fla DCF: 'Look before you lock' kids in hot car (Image 1)

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) wants to remind parents to “Look Before You Lock.”

The effect of high temperatures on vehicles is a dangerous a threat to young children left behind in cars, especially during the summer. In the past week, five children were reported to be locked in hot cars. All of the children survived, though some were hospitalized.

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The temperature inside a car can rise 20 degrees in only 10 minutes. The heat can be deadly, especially for children because their body temperatures rise five times faster than adults. Since 2013, seven Florida children have died from being left in a vehicle.

“During these extremely hot summer months it’s critical that parents take extra precautions to ensure they aren’t leaving children unattended in a car for any length of time.” Interim Secretary Mike Carroll said. “Too often we hear of children being left alone in cars and it is not only unlawful but the results can be fatal.”

Related: Dangerous situation:189 kids left in locked cars in Pinellas

Although it may be hard to believe, children can easily be left behind in the car when parents are distracted, rushing, multi-tasking or have a change in routine. This is especially true during the summer months when kids are out of school and may have a different caretaker or driver.

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