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Keeping your kids safe during hot weather

Keeping your kids safe during hot weather

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Temperatures are rising, and so are the number of heat-related injures. In just three minutes, the temperatures inside a car can soar about 20 degrees. From 1998-2013 more than 600 children were killed from heat-related injuries. Of that, 52 percent were forgotten by their caregivers.

If a child is left in a hot car they are in danger of hyperthermia or heatstroke. 

American Medical Response is reminding people to keep children safe when around cars this summer. If you see an unattended child or pet in a car, call 911 immediately. According to Chief operations manger of AMR Gregory Doyle you should:

  • Never leave a child in the car, even to run a quick errand
  • Use drive-thru options when possible
  • Open a back door each time you park to ensure all passengers are out of the vehicle
  • Always lock an unattended car
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