Dept. of Health officials issue tips to prevent leaving kids in hot cars

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The Department of Health is issuing some tips to prevent adults from leaving children in the car -- especially on a hot summer day.

According to the New York State Department of Health, 42 children across the country died from heatstroke in 2017 after being left in hot cars.

Medical experts say the temperature inside a sealed car on a 90-degree day can skyrocket to 120 degrees in 10 minutes.

The Department of Health suggests keeping a toy or a large stuffed animal in a child's car seat. When the child is buckled in, move the toy to the front seat as a reminder.

Officials also suggest putting a cellphone or bag next to the child as a reminder to go into the back seat. They also recommend setting an alarm.

There are several vehicles on the market now that will alert drivers to check their back seat before getting out of the car.

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