GUEST SEGMENT: Heat stroke a possibility for kids in hot cars

GUEST SEGMENT: Heat stroke a possibility for kids in hot cars

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - As the days get hotter so do our cars, making heat stroke a likely possibility for kids left in cars, even for just a minute.

A child’s body can heat up three to five times faster than an adult, so heat stroke can come on quickly, especially in a hot car.

Symptoms of heat stroke include confusion, rapid heartbeat, sluggishness and hot and dry skin, but no longer sweating.

While we may think about heat stroke only being an issue in the summer months, but Pam Fair with Safe Kids Columbus says that a car can heat up to fatal levels any time of the year.

Fair also says that 56 percent of kids who are left in cars, are done so unknowingly. Sometimes people are out of their routine and forget they have their child with them or might just be running inside to get something quick and get sidetracked.

One thing you can do to help you remember you have precious cargo in the backseat is place your shoe, cell phone or purse in the backseat as well, so when you get out of the car and realize you do not have it, you will remember and check the back.

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