Leaving Kids in Cars Can Be Fatal

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PANAMA CITY BEACH-- It may be hot outside, but it's nothing compared to the heat inside your car.

The Department of Children and Families has a campaign called "Look Before You Lock", warning parents of the dangers of leaving children unattended in cars.

It only takes minutes for your car to reach deadly temperatures.

Fourteen month old Peyton is affectionately called a "Beach Baby" by her parents.

She's not one to fuss over a little heat, but now that the summer temperatures are on the rise, Peyton's parents are making a more concerted effort to keep their daughter cool.

Peyton's father, Ryan Lecomte, says, "What I usually try to do is I open doors like when I'm here at Walmart getting groceries. While I'm putting groceries in the car, I'll go ahead and crank the ignition up, let it cool off a little bit. Turn that AC on and when I put the little one in, she's usually good to go. It don't take long to cool."

Bay county EMS Chief Corky Young says it doesn't take long to heat up either.

Bay County EMS Chief Corky Young says, "Ten to fifteen minutes on a 90 degree day. The inside of a car could be 120, 130, 140 degrees."

Young is also urging parents to double-check the backseat before locking their cars for any kids they may accidentally leave behind.

Lecomte adds, "They can't take much heat so that should be the number one precaution right there."

Leaving kids in the car is a mistake that seems innocent enough, but according to the Department of Children and Families, more than 600 US children have died in hot cars over the past 20 years.