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June 11, 2018 06:21 PM

Hot Cars And Your Kids

It's a mistake all parents hope to avoid.

The combination of a hot car and a young child left alone.

"It's prevalent in the summer. We see the news reports about it, yeah... it's awful," Tina Blessen said.

Blessen says while she's never forgotten her children in the car, she knows it happens.

"My kids are constantly talking and never quiet, so I don't have a problem with that. And my kids don't fall asleep easy in the car, I know a lot of kids get in the car and zonk out and fall asleep really quick," Blessen said.

EMT Paramedic Scott Christensen says it doesn't matter how long it is, don't leave your child behind.

"Temperature rises drastically in those moments. In as little as 10 minutes a car can heat up beyond someone's ability to cool themselves off," Christensen said.

Christensen says if you see a child in the car, try to get their attention, look for a parent and as a last resort break the window.

Your car can reach dangerous temperatures for your child to be in even on a cool day.

AAA says on a mild, sunny day the inside of a car can rise 20 degrees in just 10 minutes.

"Children aren't able to cope with stress as well as adults are. Inside a car they can't sweat fast enough, they can't cool themselves down fast enough," Christensen said.

Which is why Christensen recommends leaving something you need for your day near your child, such as a briefcase or cell phone -- assuring you that your child won't be forgotten.

"Kids come up with little tricks like, take one of their shoes off and leave it in the front seat or something. I've seen different things on the news about that, keep the diaper bag up front with you so it's visually something you see and remember to get them out maybe," Blessen said.

Simple tricks like those could be life saving.

If you see a child left inside a car, call 911 immediately.

For more information on how to keep your child cool and safe on a hot day, click here.  

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