The death toll from children being left in hot cars this year is already at nine, even though Summer hasn’t even officially started. That’s according to a new report from the National Safety Council, which also found that on average, 37 children die from heat-related causes in cars every year. Since children’s bodies heat up much faster than adults’, leaving a child unattended for just ten minutes during the day can end in tragedy. There are laws in 21 states in place to protect children from being left unattended in cars.
Kentucky State Police offered some advice and also reminded drivers to lock your doors when you leave your car unattended to prevent children from climbing in and becoming trapped.