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Kids and Cars


With summer coming it is especially important to be aware of the dangers associated with leaving a child unattended in or around a vehicle. Even in early summer, the temperature in a car can get up to 125 degrees in minutes and leaving the windows partially open does not help with the temperature in a car. In addition, a child’s temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult, leaving them extremely susceptible to heatstroke. What makes these deaths even more tragic is that it usually happens inadvertently without the parents or guardians even knowing it. Since 1998, there have been 636 heatstroke deaths from children being left alone in vehicles.


It is also important to check around vehicles for children before leaving since small children may be playing out of view form your mirrors. Every week at least fifty children in the U.S. are accidently backed over by vehicle. There are many more blind spots that a child could be playing in than many people realize.


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