Educating parents to never leave children in hot cars

St. Petersburg Fire rescue teamed up with All Children's Hospital and Safe Kids Florida Suncoast to educate parents about not leaving children in their vehicles.

183 9-1-1 calls were made in Pinellas County last year alone for emergencies with children left in cars.

Of those, St. Petersburg had the most with 60 calls.

Dr. Beth Walford said when a child heats up to 104 degrees they begin to have organ failure and at 107 degrees they can die.

"It's heartbreaking and it's so preventable," said Dr. Walford. "The smaller the child the quicker their body temperature will rise. Toddlers can be as helpless as infants left in car, because you might not hear them screaming for help when the windows are up."

Fire Rescue urges parents to A.C.T:

A: Avoid heatstroke- never leave you kid in a car even for less than a minute!

C: Create reminders. Fire Rescue likes the shoe left in the back with your child reminder; that way you will look for your shoe when you get out of your car; and

T: Take action! Call 911 when you see a child left inside a vehicle even if the windows are down.

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