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Local organizations offer tips on preventing hot car deaths after 2 toddlers die

Experts give pointers to adults, kids on preventing hot car deaths

SAN ANTONIO – Local experts convened at the Schertz Civic Center on Friday afternoon to talk about the summer heat and provide parents and children with tips on how to prevent hot car deaths.

The conference comes after two North Texas toddlers were left in a hot car and died.

The advice parents have been given time and time again is to create a reminder by putting something, such as a purse, in the back seat next to their child. Experts also said it is important to teach children to not play in cars.

"What we've seen over the last couple of years is that more and more children aren't being left unintentionally in a car, rather they are playing and crawl into a vehicle and then are unable to get out,"  said Jennifer Northway, injury prevention director with University Health System and Safe Kids SA Coalition.

Parents were also advised to show children how to locate and use the glow-in-the-dark emergency trunk release found in cars made after Sept. 1, 2001.

Temperatures can climb quickly, even if the car is parked in shade. Experts estimate the temperature inside a car can rise 34 degrees in just 30 minutes.

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