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People have long been aware of the dangers of leaving pets locked in cars on hot summer days, but it seems that people are forgetting that young children are just as vulnerable.
Twenty-eight children have already died of hyperthermia (the medical term for over-heating) this year, according to one advocacy group, with eight of those cases occurring the past two and a half weeks. In all of these cases, the children were sitting or playing in a parked car. The average amount of children dying of hyperthermia in the average year since 1998 stands at 40.
A reminder to parents and guardians everywhere: On an 80-degree day, temps inside a parked car can reach 110 degrees in 20 minutes. Soon after, they can reach 130 degrees.
Children's core body temperatures rise faster than adults, and that makes them more susceptible to hyperthermia. So it makes kids even more likely to succumb to hot temperatures.
There are all kinds of ways to prevent these needless deaths. Among the steps that adults should take is to call 911 when a child is spotted alone in a car unsupervised. Better yet, kids should never be left unsupervised in the first place.