HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - It's been a tragic week for several families in the South. Eight children have died in a matter of six days from being left in hot cars.
The heat wave is not helping this continuing problem either. Weather experts are calling July the hottest month nationwide on record, and that heat continues into this month.
From August 2 to the 7, eight children died of heat stroke while trapped in cars in Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida and New Mexico.
While the Tennessee Valley is no longer seeing triple digit temps, a high of 91 in Huntsville is more than dangerous for kids to be left in a car. It doesn't even have to be that hot for your car to become an oven.
"I think some parents expect that it's only when it's 95 and 100 degree weather, when it's not," said Dr. Ron Paul. "It can be much cooler. When the sun is shining brightly into that car, everything inside starts cooking like an oven, making the temperature rise very quickly."
The bottom line is this can happen to anyone. That is why experts suggest putting something else in the back seat with your child, such as your phone or wallet, to give you an extra reason to open the back door before leaving the car.