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Leaving Kids In A Hot Car May Prove Deadly

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Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children.
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No parent would ever intentionally leave a child alone in a car.

"No, never -- I don't even leave my 13-year-old in the car by himself," said Christina Chandarana.

"I can always remember they are with me," said Heather Loch.

But according to child safety advocates it happens.

Sometimes drivers forget, kids sneak into an unlocked car or before getting the child out of the car, the door locks with the keys still in the ignition.

"It is just real scary for them, I try to calm them down, get the car unlocked and get the child out as fast as I can," said locksmith Todd Henderson.

Henderson says he has come to the aid of numerous families. His company Pop-A-Lock will respond to emergency situations, like a child locked in a vehicle, free of charge.

Within minutes, kids left in a hot vehicle can be in danger.

Even on a mild spring day with the temperatures hovering in the mid-70s, the temperature inside a car, can increase 19 degrees in 10 minutes.

Penny Shaw, coordinator of Safe Kids Spartanburg says young kids are especially at risk because their bodies can heat up quickly.

"When a child's temperature rises above 104 degrees then it begins to affect the organs in the body," Shaw says.

There are ways to avoid hot vehicle casualties.

"Most parents have cell phones, so put your cell phone in the backseat near the child," says Shaw, "because you know you are not going to get out of the car without your cell phone."

While it sounds crazy, Shaw believes placing a reminder in the car will save lives.

Safe Kids Spartanburg is even making specially-designed stickers to help moms and dads remember.

"A lot of parents say this will never happen to me, but you never know when you are going to get too busy and forget."

Safe Kids Spartanburg urges parents to ACT

Avoid problems by never leaving your child in a car.

Create reminders to help avoid accidents.

Take action. If you do see a child left alone in a car, call 911.

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