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Jul 10, 2014 2:21 PM by Mike Gillaspia

Parents and Caregivers Reminded to Double Check for Kids in Car

CORPUS CHRISTI - Do you know where your children are? This summer, it is more important than ever that you do.

According to the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services, 16 children have died in our nation so far this year as the result of being left alone in a hot car. Of that number, 3 were here in Texas -- the latest, last weekend in El Paso.

Because of statistics like these, the department has once again launched their yearly campaign, "Look Before You Lock." It is an annual reminder to parents and caregivers to do whatever it takes to remember children who may still be in the car following a trip. It also emphasizes the importance of keeping vehicles locked while at home, so that children are not tempted to play inside of them and possibly become trapped. Temperatures can soar inside of a car, and children with a smaller body mass will become dehydrated much more quickly than an adult.

For tips on how to prevent a tragedy when it comes to kids and cars, visit the department's website: www.dfps.state.tx.us.

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