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Warning About Leaving Kids in Hot Cars


With the summer time comes the heat.

We have seen a lot of that this past week.

Remember, though the dangers of kids and cars.

Officials say on average 38 kids die each year due to heat stroke after being left in a hot car.

They say a lot of it is parents just forgetting their kids are back there, or leaving kids in the car for a minute when you run into the store.

But it's not worth it.

The temperature can rise 20 degrees in just ten minutes.

"your organs start shutting down and heat stroke, like I said, kids can't handle the heat like adults can. And so they could go into a seizure, become unconscious and not be able to alert anybody," says Parkersburg Firefighter Todd Gebhardt.

A couple of tricks include putting a stuff animal in the car seat, then put it in the front seat with you're when driving.

Gebhardt says do not let kids play in the car.

Parkersburg firefighters ask if anyone sees a kid alone in a car, call 911.


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