Earlier on Monday I learned through WBTV News that a woman allegedly left three children in a broiling hot car in a Wal-Mart parking lot.
Nearby citizens had spotted the children who were in distress, crying and sweating profusely. The people jumped into action, called the police, and the children were rescued.
MORE ON THAT STORY: Police: Kids 'crying loudly, drenched in sweat' inside car
The statistics on children dying from heat stroke left in hot cars is terrifying and it should scare you too.
On average, 38 children die each year from being left in a hot car. That is more than the number of people (all people, not just children) killed by lightning every year.
It is nearly as many as those killed by hurricanes each year. And as we all know, leaving children in cars is completely avoidable, unlike other weather hazards.
The solution is easy, don't do it – EVER! I left my water running once in my bathroom knowing I was coming right back. Oops! I got distracted and I flooded my bathroom, but nobody died.
But it taught me there is no such thing as leaving for 'just a few minutes', not when lives are hanging in the balance. Don't do it!
For more, go here: http://www.kidsandcars.org/heatstroke.html