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Risks of Leaving Your Child in a Hot Car

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With the temperatures expected to rise this week and the summer weather in full swing, it's important to remember not to leave your children or pets in the car unattended.

Many people may think that running into the store for five minutes to grab a gallon of milk while leaving their child behind in the car is harmless, but as the higher temperatures roll in, that is simply not the case.

"Really any amount of time is too much to leave a child or animal in a car alone because the temperature in that car will just sky rocket within minutes of you leaving", said paramedic Adam Whiteley.

Leaving your child in a hot vehicle could be fatal. According to www.kidsandcars.org, 38 children die in hot cars each year.

Whiteley said, "Even when its 75 or 80 degrees it could be 110 degrees inside that car and we need to get that person or animal out immediately."

This ongoing issue has been in the national spotlight in recent weeks, just last month a Georgia man was charged with murder after he allegedly accidentally left his twenty-month old son in the car while at work. It's unfortunate events like this that Whiteley hopes will make people think twice.

"The national spotlight is focusing on that right now. Not only could you lose a child in the process, you could be charged with a crime and spend time in prison for neglect or even homicide", said Whiteley.

Whiteley stresses that any amount of time is too long to leave your child in a hot car and encourages people to dial 911 if they ever come across a child alone in a car.

Whiteley said, "When its warm out it's going to get quite a bit hotter in that car. That could not only lead to death, but to permanent disability or other health problems."

According to www.kidsandcars.org, twelve children just this year have died due to a heatstroke after being left alone in a hot car.



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