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State official warns against leaving children unattended in cars

Posted June 5, 2008

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— With temperatures expected in the upper 90s this week, state Insurance Commissioner Jim Long reminded parents and caregivers on Thursday to never leave children unattended in vehicles, even for just a few minutes.

Every year an average of 33 children in the country die from heatstroke after being left unattended in a vehicle.

Since 2000, at least eight children in North Carolina have died from heat exposure after being left in a car unattended.

Temperatures inside a car can quickly reach up to 180 degrees on a hot, sunny day, even up to 100 degrees on a mild or cloudy day.

Experts warn that cracking the windows will not make much of a difference.

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  • Tired Of Excuses Jun 5, 2008

    Let's not assume everyone who has children and pets has common sense. Yes, it's 2008 and people have to be told what to do.

  • givemeabreak Jun 5, 2008

    podtalk...my point was this.....If the car was not hot, I think he would have barked at the cop standing next to his car. He just looked at him.

  • DurhamDude Jun 5, 2008

    Common sense, what's that?

  • podtalk Jun 5, 2008

    I can't believe we're in the year 2008 and we have to remind people not to leave pets and kids in the car. Are you kidding me? We as a people are not getting smarter by any stretch of the imagination.

  • iron fist Jun 5, 2008

    Dogs bark at strangers, but I do agree children and pets should not be left in cars on hot or cold days. I don't think they should be left in a car anytime. The warning is good but why do grown up people have to be told of the dangers. Common sense.

  • givemeabreak Jun 5, 2008

    Lets add pets to this story as well. The last hot day I found a dog parked in a parking lot in Chapel Hill. The windows were down about 2 inches on the front two. He was barking and carrying on. I finally found a cop and told him, he went to the car and by this time the dog was not paying us any attention and said he is fine. I was really concerned......