Monroe Co. firefighter creates app to prevent kids from being left in hot cars

App helping to prevent hot car deaths

A report released earlier this week said during the month of July, 11 children died in hot cars from Nevada to Florida.

Nicole Butler spoke with a Monroe County firefighter who wants to stop hot car deaths from happening when temperatures rise. 

Monroe County Emergency Services fire captain, Shane Cook says when it's close to 90 degrees, it takes only 10 minutes for your car to heat up to over 100 degrees.

Brice Corum says firefighters are the first responders when a child is left in the car, but sometimes these calls come too late. 

"Time is not on our side when we get that phone call, so we've got to rush and so whereas with this app, I'm hoping to shorten that time," Corum says.

According to noheatstroke.org, 729 child heatstroke deaths in cars happened since 1998. That's an average of 37 deaths a year.

In 2016, 39 deaths occurred and this year the number sits at 30 and rising. 

Corum's app called Car Seat - No Child Left Behind aims to stop that number from climbing.

A parent himself he knows what it's like to get side tracked.

"I mean I've had times when I've gotten in the car and had that tunnel vision and I'm just not thinking and I drive right past the daycare," Corum says.

Here's how the app works, the app turns on when it detects you are going more than 15 miles per hour.

The app is designed to know when the car is stopped. When it is after three to five minutes you'll get an alert on your phone. They hope the baby noise ringtone will remind you to go back to the car to check and see if they're in the back seat.

Corum says it will continue to send you alarms until you check it.  

"It adds peace of mind to parents and it's one more tool to help prevent the death of another child," he says.

Corum says if he can help save one child's life it would be worth it.

Car Seat - No Child Left Behind recently launched three weeks ago and is available for iPhones and Androids costing $1.99.

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