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Kids in Cars Warning

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Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, car related deaths for children. More than 30 kids died in 2012 as a result of heatstroke from being left in a hot car.
And this year alone 20 children have died. Meteorologist John Lynn tells us how to keep our kids safe from heatstroke.

The summertime heat can be dangerous, even if the outside temperature is lower than 90 degrees.
Parents are sometimes unaware of how dangerous a car can become for a small child in just a few minutes. On an 85 degree day, the interior of a car can reach over 100 degrees in less than half an hour.

(Small children, because of their size, their temp can rise much higher than that of an adult)
Over the past 2 years over 40 kids have died due to heatstroke from being left alone in a hot car, in May of this year, 2 toddlers in Virginia died from heatstroke where the inside temperature of the car reached over 100 degrees while the outside temperature was a mild 76 degrees. Children should never be left alone in a car or be allowed to play in an unattended car and cracking a window does not help keep the inside of a car cool or a child.

( One of the suggestions that we have is to make sure that you place an object that you need in the rear seat next to your child so you'll be reminded that your child is in the back seat)
Other reminders include keeping your vehicle locked at all times so kids won't look to play in them. Keys and remote openers should never be left were children can play with them. If you see a child alone in a car that you think be hot or seem sick, call 911.

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