Hot Cars Kill Kids
1 Every 10 Days
LEWISTON, ID – Every ten days a child dies from heat stroke because he or she was left in a hot car. That’s according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. AAA research shows some adults fail to perceive the dangers of hot cars because they don’t experience heat in the same way as children. A child’s body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult’s. Even in shaded areas with windows partially down, a car’s interior can heat up by 20 degrees in as little as ten minutes. A AAA spokesman says even a short errand is too long. You should bring your kids with you any time you leave the vehicle. You should also keep your keys out of the reach of children. In 28 percent of cases, kids got into a vehicle on their own and then couldn’t get out. AAA recommends that if you see a child in a car, call 911 immediately.