By Donna McCollum - email
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Scorching heat and children alone in cars is a deadly mix. Every year children die in hot cars. In Texas, four have died so far this season.
It's easy to illustrate how quickly a child is put in danger.
It's 8:30 in the morning. The time so many children are placed in a car seat. Child advocate Lisa King secures a child mannequin and with a thermometer.
The simulation illustrates a deadly mistake made each summer by adults.
"They literally just forget. It's not because they don't love their children. Life gets in the way sometimes," said King.
In a short while temperatures rise. Just five minutes after the door shuts the temperature rises more than three degrees.
Over a few hours, sunlight coming through a car window makes the car work like an oven. In just after two hours it's 114 degrees in the car.
"It's against the law to leave a child younger than 7 years of age in a vehicle for longer than 5 minutes that's not attended by a person 14 years of age or older," said Nacogdoches Police Department Sgt. Greg Sowell.
Simple reminders can prevent child injuries. Place items to be carried from the car next to your child. Place a doll in the front seat to indicate when a child is in the car seat.
Writing yourself a note is also helpful.
A convincing reminder is to try it yourself. Believe me, sitting in a 115 degree car is uncomfortable and dangerous and while you're sweltering, remember a child's body heats up 3 to 5 times faster than an adult's.