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As temperatures go up, parents reminded not to leave kids in cars

Posted May 28, 2011

Last year, more than 49 children died of heat stroke after being left alone in vehicles. A special event at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham on Tuesday will remind parents of the dangers.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Safe Kids North Carolina staff will bake s'mores inside a car's interior to demonstrate how temperatures can quickly climb to dangerous levels. A large digital thermometer will also be used to simultaneously display the temperatures inside and outside of the parked vehicle. The event's slogan - leaving kids in cars is "s'more dangerous than you think."

Many parents don’t realize that kids can die of hyperthermia if left alone in vehicles when temperatures outside are as low as 70 degrees, says Kelly Ransdell with Safe Kids North Carolina. Read more about the danger of leaving kids in cars by clicking here.

This time of year, I always think of this story Gene Weingarten in The Washington Post from a couple of years ago. It tracks the stories and grief of families where a child was left in a vehicle and died. It's a hard story to read because the stories are so heartbreaking, but I highly recommend it.


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  • superman May 29, 2011

    Dont go through a car wash during the middle of the day either. A hot windshild and the cold water from the car wash could cause your windshiled to crack. It is the same thing as putting a cold dish into a hot oven.

  • superman May 29, 2011

    In hot weather I always leave a window partly open because the heat can blow out your windows. Knowing that I would never leave a child or animal in my car. It is also dangerous as someone may decide they want your child or dog. Leave your dog at home and always take your child when you leave the car. It is not Ok to leave them even for a few seconds.

  • whyalltheproblems May 28, 2011

    I know accidents happen, and how awful it is when they do and the outcome is fatal.
    But why, why, do parents intentionally and purposely leave their children in the car at any time? :(.

  • beaupeep May 28, 2011

    Everyone to remember to breath every now and then too.

  • kittiboo May 28, 2011

    Wait. Why is it really necessary to do a demonstration like this- do people REALLY not realize that it gets dangerously hot in a car?? Or do they not believe it when told that? What has happened to common sense?!