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Demonstration shows how fast cars heat up

(WMC-TV) - When temperatures outside begin to rise, the temperatures inside your car will rise even faster.

So far this year in the United States, 19 children have died after being left in hot vehicles.

"So I'm holding this thermometer to show you how hot it is outside. It's a little more than 90 degrees. Let's see what happens when we put it inside the car for a short amount of time," Susan Helms demonstrated. Helms is the director of injury prevention and safe kids at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.

"It doesn't even have to be that hot before you can be overcome by the heat," she continued. "Children don't have mechanisms like adults do and they heat much faster than we do."

According to Helms, if it's just 75 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can jump to 100 degrees in just 10 minutes. Eighty-five degrees outside? It could reach 120 degrees inside a car in just 10 minutes.

"So the thermostat said a little more than 90 when we put it in the car," explained Helms. "Let's see what happens after we left in here for about six minutes."

Six minutes later, the thermometer had reached more than 120 degrees.

Helms says you can use simple techniques to keep you kids safe.

"Put your purse or briefcase in the back seat or the child's diaper bag in the front seat. Just little reminders so we don't get caught up with our busy schedules," she said.

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