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Increasing awareness of child and pet danger in hot cars heading into summer

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Posted at 3:43 PM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 20:07:49-04

COLORADO — It has been 8 years since t he last death of a child in a hot car in Colorado.

On average 39 child vehicular heatstroke deaths are reported in the U.S. every year.

These tragedies are preventable. Education is one step in increasing safety for pets and children in hot cars.

Even on a seemingly "cool" day at 70 degrees, the internal temperature of a car can reach 113 degrees in an hour.

A cracked window will make negligible difference over time.

The best thing to do is keep pets at home if you they are not allowed in the building you are going to.

Always double check the backseat for your children or children you are caring for. This is especially important for infants who can be quiet for long periods of time.