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Beat the Heat, Check the Back Seat

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5)- The inside can approach 150 degrees in as little as an, we're not talking about an oven--but a car. More than 500 children have died nationwide during the past two decades after being left in hot vehicles. News Channel 5's Rachael Penton takes a look at how to make sure your precious cargo doesn't become the next statistic.

It's summertime in Louisiana, but there's one place that's even hotter than the great outdoors.

"The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office responds to approximately three incidents a month where a child is locked in a vehicle," says Lt. Tommy Carnline of RPSO.

So far this year 23 children have died of heat stroke across the U.S. after being locked in a vehicle, including a three year old in Shreveport.

"When you see a child having flushing, very warm body, altered mental status, difficulty in concentrating, dizziness headache, nausea, vomiting," says Dr. Shafqat Cheema, a pediatric intensivist at Rapides Regional Medical Center.

"The inside of a car acts like a greenhouse. The temperature can reach 120 degrees or more in less than an hour."

As the sun streams through a car's windows everything heats up, from the dashboard to a child's car seat. Even with the windows cracked and even on days with temperatures in the 70's a vehicle can quickly reach life-threatening temperatures.

"The heat exposed to the body might cause deprivation of the vital organ of the body which includes the brain," adds Cheema.

So remember....'Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat.'

-Place your purse or briefcase in the back seat as a reminder that your child is in the car.

-Place a child's stuffed animal in the front seat when you're traveling with kids.

-Do a head count when leaving the car.

-Teach your children that vehicles aren't play areas and always keep your vehicle locked.

And, most importantly....never leave a child unattended in a vehicle- even for a minute.

"A lot of people say they don't see how it happens. Well, it happens and it's just a tragedy," adds Carnline.

Heat-related deaths in vehicles began increasing in the early 90's - when automobile companies began regularly placing airbags in vehicles.

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