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(KCEN) -- Every year we hear of heartbreaking deaths involving children left alone in hot cars. Just three days ago, a two-year-old girl in El Paso died after being left in a hot vehicle.

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, it only takes 10 minutes for the temperature inside of a car to increase 20 degrees.

During the spring and summer months, Temple Fire Department Spokesman Thomas Pechal says the department responds to at least three to four calls a month for kids trapped in cars unattended.

Since most of these cases are unintentional, Pechal says the best thing we can do as concerned citizens is stay alert.

“If you see a child unattended in a vehicle call 911 immediately,” said Pechal. “Don't do anything else but call 911, get help on the way so we can assess the situation.”

Pechal urges parents and caregivers to never leave a child in the car alone, even for a minute. He also advises them to create reminders for themselves by leaving a briefcase or cell phone next to their child's car seat.


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