Hot car death prevention

A recent child death investigation as a "hot car" incident has first responders warning people to never leave a child in a car, especially during the hot conditions.

The sun is out and temperatures are rising.

"What happens in the car is unfortunately, an oven," says Dr. Dwight Keady, Neshoba General Hospital.

Parents are being urged now more than ever to never leave their kids in a hot car.

"With the windows closed, it can easily go up to 150 degrees in an hour," says Dr. Keady.

To see just how hot it can get, Newscenter 11 left a car running with the air conditioner on and it was about 70 degrees. We turned the car off then came back 10 minutes later and the temperature jumped to over 100 degrees.

"It's unfortunate that we see frequent episodes of catastrophes in such a small state as ours," says Dr. Keady.

It's as simple as not doing it. First responders have tips on never forgetting or leaving your child unattended in a vehicle.

"If you leave something [like a cell phone or purse] in the backseat that you have to get then it's pretty hard to leave your child in there when you go to find it," says Philadelphia Firefighter Dale Yates.

But time and time again first responders receive that devastating call.

"When we get there, we check if the child has been in there for a while and looks like it's in distress, we're going to rapidly open the car up. Whether it's bust a window or whatever it takes," says Yates.

But sometimes that call doesn't come soon enough.

"We've unfortunately seen deaths within an hour in infants," says Dr. Keady.

Those deaths are typically caused by heat stroke. As temperatures increase so does the possibility of a fatality. First responders want to remind everyone of the extreme consequences of leaving a child in a hot car.

Just last year in the U.S. there were 39 vehicular heat stroke deaths.