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A Child Dies From Heatstroke In A Parked Car Every 10 Days
Updated July 14, 2016 6:51 AM
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(UNDATED) - On average, a child dies from heatstroke in the back seat of a parked car every 10 days, and the death toll typically rises to two per week from May to September.

To help prevent these tragedies, the International Parking Institute is warning motorist to increase awareness of the dangers of leaving children in parked cars.

The inside of a parked car can reach fatally hot temperatures within minutes -- even on a 70 degree day.

Every 10 days, a child dies from heatstroke in a hot parked car.

  • Put your wallet or phone in the back seat as a reminder.
  • Call 911 if you see a child alone in a car.
  • Never leave a child in a parked car - not even for a minute.

Statistics show that most of these tragedies occur when parents or caregivers are distracted or preoccupied and simply forget that a child is in the back seat. In some cases, the victims were intentionally left behind, perhaps because they were sleeping or parents thought it was safe to leave them unattended while they ran a quick errand. Some children die after gaining access to an unlocked parked car.

For a child, whose body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult's, heatstroke can be fatal at temperatures starting at 104 degrees.

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