Children Face Increased Risk In Hot Cars As Temps Rise

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS (CBSDFW.COM) — As temperatures approach 100 degrees Thursday across North Texas, helpless children are put at an increased risk inside your car.

Temperatures can reach as high as 170 degrees inside an unattended vehicle.

North Texas was dealt a harsh reminder of the dangers on Thursday, when a 59-year-old man from North Richland Hills was arrested in the death of his 20-month-old granddaughter.

In April, James Hollingsworth forgot to take the girl to daycare. As a result, she was left in the vehicle for 8 hours and died. This happened on a day when the high temperature was only 84 degrees.

Authorities have offered a number of solutions to help you avoid such a situation.

— Place your purse, phone, or shoes in the backseat of the car. This will force you to look in the backseat.

— Ask your daycare to call you if your child is absent.

— Download an app that will ask you if you’re traveling with a child. (EX: Precious Cargo)

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