Officials warn against leaving kids in hot cars

by The Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — As temperatures begin to rise, officials from six state agencies are reminding Georgians to never leave children unattended in vehicles.

At a press conference Thursday, officials demonstrated how quickly the temperature can rise inside of a closed vehicle. Authorities urge Georgians to never leave children unattended inside of cars, to call 911 if they see a child left unattended, and to store car keys in areas where children can't get to them.

Bobby Cagle of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning says more than half of all vehicle-related heatstroke deaths in children are caused by people who have accidentally left children in the car. Cagle says about 30 percent are linked to children getting into hot cars on their own.



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