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Sweetwater Co. Sheriff: Don’t Leave Kids In Parked Cars

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In light of the recent death of a toddler in Georgia who was left in a parked car, the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Department is issuing a safety reminder for parents.

Sheriff’s Department spokesman Dick Blust says heat stroke is the leading non-crash cause of vehicle related deaths of children under the age of 14, according to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration.

Studies have shown that a child’s temperature rises three times faster than an adult’s. Blust says that even with the windows down, on a hot day the temperature inside a parked car can top 120 degrees in a matter of minutes.

 

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