Tallahassee (CBSMiami) – As our sultry South Florida temperatures begin to soar into the 90s on a daily basis, the state’s Department of Children and Families wants to remind all parents and caregivers to “Look Before You Lock.”

In just 10 minutes, the temperature of a parked vehicle can rise 20 degrees. The crack of a window is no match to combat the rising heat. This heat can be deadly, especially for children because their body temperatures rise five times faster than adults.

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“The awareness of a child’s presence cannot be stressed enough, especially with the summer heat. Parents juggle many responsibilities and lead fast-paced lives, but the consequence of leaving a child in a parked vehicle can be a fatal,” DCF Secretary David Wilkins said.

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Children can easily be left behind in the car when parents are distracted, rushing, multi-tasking or have a change in routine. This is especially true during the summer months when kids are out of school and may have a different caretaker or driver.

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Here are some tips to keep your kids safe this summer:

  • Be sure to check the back seat before you leave the vehicle.
  • Put your purse, briefcase, lunch, etc. in the backseat so you are sure to look before you lock the door.
  • Do not let your children play near vehicles; they may accidentally lock themselves in.
  • If there is a change in plans and someone else is dropping the kids off at summer camp, have them call you at drop off so you know everyone made it safely.
  • Anyone who sees a young child, vulnerable adult or animal left unattended in a vehicle during these extreme summer temperatures should contact the police immediately.