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My Take: Leaving Kids in Cars

As much as I love summer, there's one thing about it I dread: getting back into my car when it's been parked in the hot sun all day. We've all experienced it. The oven-like blast of heat when you open the car door and the scalding temperature of the steering wheel. For most of us, it only lasts a few minutes. But since 1998, more than 500 children have died because they were left in hot cars. Many of those cases involved care takers who later stated they simply forgot the child was in the car. With the hectic pace of our lives, it's easy to forget things from time to time, but forgetting a child should never be one of them. Fortunately, there are simple things you can do to keep this from happening. If you're traveling with a child in the car, place your purse or cell phone in the back seat with them. That way you'll have an additional reason to go into the back seat of your car. Some smartphones can even be programmed to give you reminders that your children are in the car. I've placed a list of 10 things you can do to remind yourself not to forget your kids in the My Take section of Take a moment to check it out and make this summer a safe one. I'm Vanessa Oubre and that's my take. What's yours?

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