Hot Car Deaths: An Ongoing Threat to Children

Local Hot Car Deaths As reported by NBCWashington.com, a 5-year-old boy recently died from heat stroke after being left in his mother’s SUV in Springfield, VA.  The temperature outside was 93 degrees with a 100+ degree heat index.  The child was left inside the vehicle for several hours as the temperatures rose well above 100 degrees. In 2007, a Virginia child died after the mother forgot him inside a car.  The outside temperature was only 66 degrees but the temperature inside the car climbed to 120 degrees.  Hot car deaths are a continuous threat in the metropolitan area, especially for…

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It Can Happen to Anyone: Child Deaths from Hot Cars

  Every year as temperatures rise, experts warn parents of the risks of leaving children alone in cars. Approximately 39 children under the age of 15 die every year from heatstroke caused by sitting in a hot vehicle. A child’s body is not able to regulate its temperature as efficiently as adults, meaning that a child can overheat three to five times faster than an adult. The internal temperature of a car can rise quickly, up to 20 degrees Fahrenheit in a few minutes, even when the weather is mild or cloudy. Opening a window or keeping the air conditioning…

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