News 12 has tips for saving kids and pets from hot car tragedies

As temperatures rise, News 12 wants to help your family stay safe by providing tips on how dangerous it can be to leave children and pets in hot cars.

“We know that cars can heat up fast on a hot, sunny summer day, but why? When the sun’s rays enter the car, they get trapped there. That’s short-wave energy and the long-wave energy they produce the car seats that the dashboard produces, don’t escape. So at 90 degrees, that’s your outside temperature. It only takes 10 minutes to reach almost 110 inside and almost 120 after just half an hour,” says team meteorologist News 12 Storm Watch Alex Calamia.

According to kidsandcars.org, six babies died in hot cars in the US in less than a month.

The group says there are ways to avoid a hot car tragedy.

Occupant detection technology is a breakthrough that is involved in the fight against these hot car tragedies.

“That can spot a child alone in a car and provide alerts to family, bystanders or even law enforcement,” says Amber Rollins, director of Kidsandcars.org.

Rollins says that while education and awareness are at an all time high, the number of children dying has continued to rise over the last 30 years. “There’s some kind of disconnect here, and we really think that’s because people think this can’t happen to them.”

Many people who spoke to News 12 say it’s up to the driver to pay attention. “I don’t think you have to remind yourself that your son is in the car,” says Tom Markiewicz. “You’re a parent. You have a responsibility. You do your job,” says Bob Miller, a grandfather.

Other tips for preventive measure:

· Open the tailgate: Look before you lock every time you get out of your vehicle, even if the children are not with you, make it a daily habit.

· Create a visual reminder and place it in the front seat.

· Create security measures, set reminders and check in with the other parent

Rollins says that about a third of these hot car tragedies are caused by a child getting into a car unknowingly and then getting stuck, so make sure you always have cars locked, keep car keys away from reach of children and never leave a child unattended.

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