Cobb County police investigate an SUV where a toddler died June 18, 2014, near Marietta, Ga., when the father forgot to drop his child off at day care and went to work. Justin Ross Harris, 33, was being held without bond on a felony murder charge. (Ben Gray/AP)
Cobb County police investigate an SUV where a toddler died June 18, 2014, near Marietta, Ga., when the father forgot to drop his child off at day care and went to work. Justin Ross Harris, 33, was being held without bond on a felony murder charge. (Ben Gray/AP)
Cobb County police investigate an SUV where a toddler died June 18, 2014, near Marietta, Ga., when the father forgot to drop his child off at day care and went to work. Justin Ross Harris, 33, was being held without bond on a felony murder charge. (Ben Gray/AP)

(USA Today) – An average of 38 children have died in hot cars each year in the USA since 1998.

And many of these incidents could have been prevented. One simple way to make that happen: leave something you need in the back seat.

If you are driving a child, after you put them in a back seat — in a car seat, booster or buckled in with a seat belt — put your left shoe back there, too.

This year, according to the Department of Geosciences at San Francisco State University, 13 children have died after being left in cars, and the summer has just started. Last year 44 children died after being left in hot cars.The heat and holidays give more reason to find a way to prevent more deaths from occurring.

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