With temperatures in the 90’s this week, be mindful of this sobering statistic – every nine days a child dies after being unattended in a hot car in the U.S. The same statistics show half of the parents and caregivers unknowingly left the child, typically because it was a hectic day and they got distracted.

DMV Commissioner Richard Holcomb, suggests you put your purse or briefcase, cellphone, or employee badge in the back seat with your baby. Also, keep you car locked and the keys out of reach when you’re not using it and if a child goes missing, check your car, including the trunk. Children sneaking into a car to play or hide is the second-most common cause of child vehicular death.

Remember, overheating can cause heat exhaustion, heat stroke, brain damage, and even death not only to humans, but to dogs and cats too. When the temperature outside is in the low 80s, studies show the temperature inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels in just 10 minutes – even when the vehicle is parked in the shade. Highs this week will be 92-94 degrees.