The heat arrived early this year. It’s still spring, but already feels like the dog days of summer.
Amber Andreasen with KidsAndCars.org said we’re on the fast track to a very dangerous year.
Twelve children have already died nationwide because of heat stroke this year.
"That’s a 240 percent increase from where we were this time last year," she said.
Two women were recently charged with child endangerment after leaving a 9-month-old child inside a car in direct sunlight while they were shopping.
The nonprofit works to keep kids safe in and around vehicles. Andreason was happy to see that the Olathe Police Department released a video about heatstroke prevention.
This was a simulation of someone being in a hot car. Please don’t try this at home; there was medical staff on hand for Sgt. Bryan hill.
Andreason said heat is just one of the many dangers when children are left alone in a car.
"I’ve had cases where a parent was standing ten feet in front of the vehicle and their child was being strangled to death by a power window but they couldn’t scream for help and the parent had no idea it was happening," Andreason said.
Walking away a minute, even a second is too long.