Preventing hot car deaths in Florida, deaths reported in Brevard and Escambia county.

Pinellas County

With temperatures on the rise in the Bay area, child safety advocates are working to prevent more hot car deaths.

Doctors say, a child could die if they’re body temperature reaches 107 degrees.

Tara Mefford, a mother of two, enjoys bringing her boys to Largo central park. Before her second son was born, hot car deaths was something she thought about.

“My first one, it was definitely more, I was more worried about it hearing different stories, so I was very fearful,” said Mefford.

She said she would leave herself reminders.

“I like to leave my purse in the back seat with the kids along with the diaper bag,” she said.

With temperatures peaking, child safety advocates are spreading the word.

“Unfortunately we live in a hot state so it’s important that we get the message out there earlier. Hyperthermia is also known as heat stroke and it is the noncrash related cause of deaths for children,” said Petra Vybiralova.

On April 3rd, in Brevard County, police said Emily Hartman, left her 14-month-old in the vehicle while she drank at a bar and then drove around to buy drugs.

Last week in Escambia County, a 2-year-old died after being left in a car, while her mother went inside the house to sleep.

The child was discovered more than 12 hours later.

“With your own car and your own experience, it doesn’t take long when it’s outside in the sun for the temperature to rise quite significantly,” said State Attorney John Molchan.

Advocates said it’s best to create reminders and habits.

Put a cell phone or purse next to your child, Set alarms on your phone, and if they’re with a caregiver, set up a call or text plan so you know where your child is at all times.

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