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ISP warns parents never to leave kids alone in car ever

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With summer in full swing, the Indiana State Police is reminding folks not to leave children in hot cars.

Tragically each year, particularly during the summer months, there are reports of child deaths as a result of being left in hot cars. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), cars parked in direct sunlight can reach internal temperatures of 131 to 170 degrees when outside temperatures are 80 to 100 degrees.

Even outside temperatures in the 60s can cause internal car temperatures to rise well above 110.

And even with the window rolled down two inches, the interior temperature of the car can rise to well over 100 degrees in as little as 15 minutes.

A study by the Department of Earth Climate Sciences at San Francisco State University reports that, as of June 25, 2014, 13 children in the U.S. have died this year of heatstroke after being left in a hot car.

A total of 44 children died in 2013.

And since 1998, 619 children have died, on average 38 per year.

These unfortunate tragedies can be easily avoided by following these tips:

* Never leave a child unattended in a car. Not even for a minute.

* If you see a child unattended in a car, call 911

* Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading. Don't overlook sleeping babies.

* Always lock your car and ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices.


* Teach your children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.

* Keep a stuffed animal in the car seat and when the child is put in the seat place the animal in the front with the driver.

* Or place your purse or briefcase in the back seat as a reminder that you have your child in the car.

* Make “look before you leave” a routine whenever you get out of the car.

* Have a plan that your childcare provider will call you if your child does not show up for school.


Posted 6/27/2014