High temps equal danger for kids in cars

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WET LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — With temperatures reaching the 90s this week, it is important to remember to never leave children and pets inside vehicles.

Officials said when it is 80 degrees outside, it takes only 10 minutes for the temperature inside a car to feel like 99 degrees. After 20 minutes, it feels more like 109 degrees. This is when heat stroke can occur.

There are a number of tips, provided by SafeCar, for busy parents:

  • Don’t let children play in an unattended vehicle. Teach them that a vehicle is not a play area.
  • Never leave infants or children in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are partially open.
  • Keep a large teddy bear or other stuffed animal in the car seat when it’s empty. Move the teddy bear to the front seat when you place the child in the seat as a visual reminder.
  • If you are dropping your children off at childcare, but normally your spouse or partner drops them off, have your spouse or partner call you to make sure they were not left in the car.
  • Become vigilant about looking in the vehicle before locking the door. Always look front and back before walking away.

Authorities said if you happen upon a child or pet in a hot car alone, please contact your local police or dial 911.

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