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Dangers Of Leaving Children Alone In Cars

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47 ABC - A common time-saver for busy parents, leave the kids in the car while running errands.

According to a recent survey, 14 percent of parents admitted to leaving their kindergarten age kid in the car.  About 23 percent admitted to leaving a three year old or younger in the car.

Folks like David Leer of Salisbury, says "I see it all the time."

Since 1998,606 children have died of heatstroke related to being left in a car.  That same research from the San Francisco State University's Department of Geosciences says 38 children die each year, or approximately one every 9 Or about one every 9 days...

Already in 2014, four children dead.

The Wicomico County Health department says it's not the extremely hot days parents should be most worried about, because that's when the danger is most on their mind.  

"It's the days when it's 70 degrees and it feels nice to us, that we think 'oh, I'm only going to be a few minutes...I'll crack the window a little bit, but that temperature still rises," says Jennifer Johnson with the Wicomico County Health Department.

Within 10 minutes, Johnson says "it could be up  in the hundreds." 

Even when we tested the temperature on a cloudy late afternoon.  Outside, just above 80, but in the car, higher than 90.

Health officials say it's often someone not used to having a young child in the car who mistakenly leaves them.

So, a tip to remember to check: leave something you'd never forget in the backseat.
Johnson says "people put their briefcase, or their purse, or whatever in the backseat of the car, so, that way, you have to go to the backseat."

The Wicomico county health department reminds that while the number of children who die in these incidents is startling, the number of close calls, which often go unreported, can be even higher, so they're urging bystanders to also keep their eyes open.


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