Earlier this week, a baby died after deputies say the 7-week old was left in a hot van in Okaloosa County for hours. It's just another sobering reminder to always check your backseat for kids before exiting the car.
From 1998 to 2016, it's estimated that there have been at least 77 children who have died in Florida from being left in a hot car. This ranks Florida in the top ten for hot car deaths.
"If a child is left behind in a car with the windows turned up, that temperature can rise pretty quickly, so you definitely don't want to leave your kids out in the car," says Gayatri Patel, MD, a doctor in the Tallahassee Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program.
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