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An infant in Walker County is the 19th child in the U.S. to die in a hot car this year.

Authorities say there are numerous ways to prevent these kinds of deaths. It can be as simple as making a habit out of double-checking your back seat. But there is also technology on the market to help remind parents they aren't traveling alone.

"These are my babies. They're connected at my hip. I would know if these two were not with me," said Aeriel Stewart, a mom of two.

Before she starts unloading groceries at home, she says her first priority is getting her toddler and newborn out of their car seats. 

On a hot summer day, temperatures inside vehicles can reach 170-degrees within 15 minutes.

In recent years, several state and national campaigns like "Look Before You Lock" were launched after dozens of hot car-related deaths. After an infant died in Chickamauga over the weekend, Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson is reminding parents to "Look Again."

"I would encourage people to go to those websites and learn how they can better educate themselves when they're transporting small children," Wilson said.

Experts suggest putting something you'll need after parking in the back seat, like a cell phone or purse so you're forced to check the back seat.

Additionally, you can work with your childcare provider to contact you if you don't show up for a scheduled drop-off.

According to KidsInCars.org, a tired parent's memory can suffer when there's a change in routine, like going to day care instead of straight to work.

Doctors note the part of the brain that enables "autopilot" takes over when someone is tired, making it much easier to forget. 

However, there are special car seat sensors designed with tired parents in mind. The Evenflo SensorSafe Car Seat Technology costs $150 and has a series of alarms to remind parents their child is still strapped in the back seat. The device can be purchased at Walmart or online.
 

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