PALM BEACH, Fla. - Hot cars and kids is an issue that continues to happen across the nation every year.
On average, 38 children will die every year in a hot car, according to the Department of Earth and Climate Science at San Francisco State University.
So far this year, the department says 17 children have died in hot cars nationwide.
Researchers also says Florida has the fifth most hot car deaths while Texas leads the way.
KidsAndCars.org says the leading cause of hot car deaths is when people forget their children are onboard.
Experts say parents should never leave their children in a car by themselves, even for a couple of minutes, because a child's body heat will rise three to five times faster than an adult.
Broward College's Associate Dean of the Institute of Public Safety Ken Shives has tips for parents to make sure the problem doesn't impact them:
* Never leave your child alone in a car, not even for a minute to run a quick errand.
* Keep something you need, like your purse, wallet, lunch or even one of your shoes, in the back seat with the child so that you have to check the backseat before you walk away from the car.
* Be especially careful to check for sleeping infants. If they are not making any sounds, you may not realize they are in the car with you, so always keep a toy or stuffed animal in your child's car seat. When you place the child in the car seat, put that toy or stuff animal in the front seat with you to remind you that your child is in the car.
* Plan ahead with your child's summer camp, day care provider or school. Have them call you if your child does not show up to school that day, within 20-30 minutes of normal arrival time.
* Make sure that your children understand that your vehicle is not a place to play, and lock all vehicle doors and trunks even when you are at home. Keep your keys out of your child's reach. If your child is missing, check your vehicle immediately to see if he or she is inside it.