Children and cars can be dangerous combination in heat

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police officials are reminding parents and others that cars can be dangerous places for young children in hot weather.

Sgt. Michael Webb says the inside of a car heats up quickly, and temperatures inside can reach 125 degrees in minutes. And he says a child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s, making for a deadly combination.

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Webb says it’s easy to be distracted and forget a child is in the car. He says in addition, about a third of the children who die in a hot car went inside it on their own while they were unattended.

He offers safety tips including keeping your car locked when not in use and placing something such as a purse or briefcase in the back seat as a reminder when you travel with a child.

 

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