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Hot-car demonstration in Raleigh to serve as reminder to parents

Posted June 27, 2014

— 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.


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  • samuelconway Jun 27, 2014

    "Leave something you need, like a phone or briefcase, in the back seat" Now wait a minute. You're telling me that someone will forget a CHILD, but will remember the PHONE?

  • K Hope Capps Jun 27, 2014
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    Good demonstration. I hate that people even need to see this, but apparently they do. I personally don't get how someone can forget their child is in the car. My son is 16 months and when he's in the car there's no forgetting. He babbles, he giggles, even when he's sleeping he's making noise. How can someone just forget another person is there?!!?!?

  • iron fist Jun 27, 2014

    Parents should not need a reminder DON"T leave your children or pets in the car.

  • gunmonkey Jun 27, 2014

    Can't we just put up a sign at the entrance to parking lots saying "This is a NO kid or pet left in a hot car zone"? Or better yet, let's create a # for it. See. Problem solved.

  • Shadow213 Jun 27, 2014

    Why all the hate in the comments? Pretty sure MOST parents know how hot cars get in the summer and that they therefore would never INTENTIONALLY leave their child in the car. Accidents (very tragic ones) happen sometimes, folks. At least there is an effort to raise awareness and suggestions for ways to remind yourself not to forget you may have a kid sleeping in the back seat.

  • Lamborghini Mercy Jun 27, 2014

    We need tougher laws on parents who leave their children in the cars. Their licenses should be revoked for at least 1 year.

  • Cheree Teasley Jun 27, 2014
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    Ops. no pun intended.

  • Lisa Menendez Jun 27, 2014
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    How do parents need to be reminded how hot it's in a car... Don't they enter the same vehicle when it's been closed on a hot day...

  • A person Jun 27, 2014

    If you can not figure out on your own how hot a car gets, you should not be allowed to have children or animals anywhere near you

  • A person Jun 27, 2014

    Really, are people so inept that they have to be shown how hot a car gets. Just sit in one with the windows up for a minute. Seems people play dumb so they don't have to be held responsible.