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Newsfront - July 25, 2008

Back in a 'minute' can be too long

Approximately 30 children a year die of heatstroke in hot, parked cars, according to the National SAFE Kids Campaign and General Motors.

* More than a third of deaths reported last year occurred when children crawled into parked cars while playing. Keep parked cars locked, even in your own driveway.

* Never leave your child in an unattended car, even with the windows down.

* Be aware of child-resistant locks. Teach older children how to disable them.

* Check to make sure children are out of the vehicle once you reach your destination. Always remove sleeping infants.

* Check the temperature of the car seat surface and safety belt buckles before placing a child in the car.

* When loading and unloading your car, keep the car keys with you so should the doors lock accidentally, you will have a way back into the car.

* Keep car keys out of the reach of children.

* Keep the car trunk locked at all times, especially while in the driveway.

* If a child is locked in a car, try to keep the child calm and call 911.

When left in a hot car, a child's body core temperature can increase three to five times faster than an adult's, causing permanent injury or death. Even with an outside temperature of 80 degrees, an auto's interior can reach dangerous levels in just minutes.