Last week's death of 2-year-old Haile Brockington, left for hours in her daycare center's van, is the most recent example of how heat can kill.
“It's really a growing concern and we want to be proactive, we want to make sure this doesn't happen,” said Silvia Smith-Torres, Vice President of Client Services at ChildNet, the agency that manages Broward County’s child welfare system.
This week, ChildNet started putting “Life-Meters” on all its cars used to transport abused and neglected children. Cesar Byrd does a lot of driving for the agency and thinks it’s a great idea.
“It just lets you know how hot the temperature is at all times. It’s very accurate.”
From 1998 to 2008, 414 children in the U.S. died in cars from hyperthermia. Florida has the second highest number in the country with 40 deaths.
“We're giving them to all our foster parents, we're giving them to relatives and non-relatives -- anybody who cares for one of our children,” said Smith-Torres.