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Hot cars pose a danger for kids

Higher temperature means higher risks for children left in hot cars.

Every year, between 30 and 40 kids die every year from being left in a hot vehicle. 

"It's just unimaginable.  I can't see anybody leaving the child in a car by themselves period," said Thelma Self, a grandmother of a two-year-old.

Self keeps a very close watch as her granddaughter takes a nap in the backseat of their van.

"Anytime you hear her rustling around, or even if she just moves you automatically turn around and look," said Self. 

Statistics show that eight kids in the u-s have died so far this year after being left in hot cars.  It's a record high and they're anticipating a bad year.

Never ever leave your child in the car even for just a few minutes because when cars are in the sun they heat up very quickly.

"Temperature of the inside of the car rises about 19 degrees every 10 minutes," said Carlos Flores, a child safety advocate.

Flores works at Children's Hospital Central California in Madera.  He said there have already been several close local calls.  Flores said on a hot day give children water instead of a caffeinated drink.

"One of the important things about heat related illness is that children become dehydrated much more quickly than adults do," said Flores.

He emphasizes cars are for transportation, not for play.

"Many of the kids do find themselves locked or trapped inside of the vehicle or trunks of vehicles," said Flores.

If your child is suddenly unaccounted for in the heat, Flores said there are two places you should look first.  The first is nearby pools of water and the next is the inside the car.  It could be a matter of life or death.

If you see a child unattended in car, call for help immediately. 


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