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Connecticut Children's kicks off new campaign on dangers of leaving children in hot cars

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Advocates are raising awareness about the dangers of leaving children in hot cars ahead of the summer season.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal is working with several groups for the third year of the "Where’s Baby?" campaign.

“Leaving a child alone in a car to die from heat stroke is incomprehensible," Blumenthal said.

For the first time, Connecticut Children's Medical Center said the campaign includes outreach efforts to daycare centers. It encourages them to make parents aware of the dangers of leaving children by themselves in a vehicle.

The goal is also to provide parents with basic strategies to make sure children are not forgotten in the back seat.

Each year, an average of 38 children have died in hot cars in the U.S. since 1998, according to the Connecticut Children's in Hartford. 

There's been a call for action, particularly since the death of a Ridgefield boy in 2014, who was left in a hot car by his father.

“They think they’re just running in and the child is right there and it’s okay, but its not okay," said Shital Patel, owner of The Learning Experience.

Patel is very much on board to try to raise awareness.

“It’s hard for me as a mother to understand how someone could leave their child accidentally in the car," said Cara Fausher.

Blumenthal joined members of the Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center, The Connecticut Department of Transportation, Yale New-Haven Children’s Hospital and Safe Kids Connecticut.

The DOT said it is supporting the awareness campaign with a $112,000 grant.

For parents of young children, the thought of a child dying due to a parent's forgetfulness is something they can't imagine living with.

"How they move on, I guess everybody deals with it in a different way, but me personally, it would be very hard, very hard," said Eric Berndt, who is a father of three.

Now that summer is almost here, it is important to remember that cars can heat up 30 degrees in just 10 minutes, even with the windows cracked.

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