JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Technology and apps are helping parents avoid the tragedy of accidentally leaving their children in a hot car.
So far, 18 children in the U.S. have died from being left in a hot car in 2019.
Three of those children were from Florida, according to noheatstroke.org.
Lynn Dostaler buckles her two children into car seats each day.
The Atlantic Beach mother says she’s busy, but she always checks the back seat before she leaves the car.
“If you can just slow down and really just concentrate on your kids safety, I think that’s the most important,” said Dostaler.
Parents can also download the Waze app which will alert you if your child has been left in the back seat.
All you have to do is change the settings under “reminders” to automatically remind you about the child in the back seat.
Action News Jax reported in May when a 4-month-old baby was left in a van at a day care and died.
That baby was left in the van for nearly five hours before someone found her.
St. Johns County Fire Rescue said it can take only a matter of minutes before a child can experience heatstroke.
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“You see a child that’s not sweating that’s in an extremely hot environment and usually the first thing that happens is they start to lose consciousness,” said Caot. Rob Snell, with St. Johns County Fire Rescue.
There’s also technology for your car seat that can help protect children in the back of a hot car.
SensorSafe connects to the car and alerts a person that child is still inside the car.
Sense a Life is a device that goes under a child’s car seat and connects to your phone.
Dostaler said more parents should use lifesaving technologies such as these.
“It’s awesom. Anything we can do to keep families and kids safe is definitely important,” she said.
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