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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

We hear stories about children accidentally left in cars when busy parents hurry off to work. It's even happened right here in Albany.

It takes only minutes, when the sun is beating down or temperatures drop below freezing, to leave a child inside a locked car. But our days move fast and sometimes, kids are forgotten in their car seats.

In 2006, one-month old Dejuan Ramsey was found dead inside a sweltering van at a daycare in Valdosta, left by his foster mother.

Then, in 2011, a grandmother is arrested in Albany after mistakenly leaving her 2-year-old grandson in a hot car all day; thankfully, the child survives.

Sam Allen, a Shift Supervisor at Dougherty County Emergency Medical Services, knows the danger of forgetting a child. He's responded to the tragic scene before. "The longer you wait, the longer it gets hot inside that vehicle," said Allen. "The child did survive, thank goodness. But, had it been much longer, that child might not have survived."

Now, there are products to prevent children from being forgotten in the back seat, like the Backseat Baby Car Alarm. Once installed, the alarm alerts you as you open your driver's side door, as a reminder that baby is still in the back seat.

We tried it with Albany moms Tearius and Ayisha Williams, who say they like it and would be interested in purchasing anything to ensure their child's safety. "The alarm or the bell is definitely a good idea," said Tearius.

"I would definitely invest in it," said Williams. "I'm all for my children's safety."

Their only concern was the volume of the device, but decided it wasn't a deal breaker.

"That sound is cute," said Tearius. "However, I feel like it should be more of an alarm type and it should be louder." "You do have parents that ride with music and, so just in case the radio is up loud, or something like that," she said.

We also checked with mother of two Kendra Crabb, who thinks the idea of having to use the technology is a little unsettling. "Horrible, but no one wants to lose a child," Crabb said. Though if it saves little lives, she added, "I would be open to it. I'd try to find another solution though."

If you don't want to spend the money on an alarm, consider creating your own. One idea is to put a teddy bear on your lap while driving, to remind you there's a baby in the back.

For more information on the Back Seat Baby Alarm visit Backseatbabyalarm.com.

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