Hot-car demonstration in Raleigh to serve as reminder to parents
Posted June 27
Raleigh, N.C. — Officials from the Wake County Department of Health and Human Services are planning to make s'mores inside parked cars Friday afternoon as a reminder to parents of just how hot vehicles can get during the summer months.
The group Safe Kids says about 40 children die in the United States each year after being left in unattended hot cars. In almost half of those cases, parents involved said they were sure their child was not in the care, Safe Kids officials said.
Temperatures inside a parked car can climb up to 20 degrees in 10 minutes, even if the windows are cracked. Car temperatures can routinely reach 110 degrees or more.
Tips to avoid leaving a child in the car:
- Leave something you need, like a phone or briefcase, in the back seat
- Keep one of your child's toy or items in the front seat
- Center car seats so they are easier to see
- Be careful of changes to routine
Friday's demonstration at the Wake County Public Health Center, at 10 Sunnybrook Road, is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.