Fire, EMS officials remind parents to not leave kids inside parked cars

Fire, EMS officials remind parents to not leave kids inside parked cars

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - As temperatures are expected to be in the mid-90s once again this week, fire and EMS officials are reminding parents to not leave kids inside parked vehicles.

Hundreds of young kids are left in their car seats each year as parents go to work, stores, or appointments, said officials with the Colerain Township Department of Fire and EMS.

It only takes a few minutes for temperatures to reach 120 degrees inside cars that are parked in the sun with the windows up, officials explained.

Temperatures that high cause a severe strain on a kid’s respiratory system, which leads to possible heatstroke and a suffocating death, according to the Colerain Township Department of Fire and EMS.

Temps inside a vehicle can rise 20 degrees within 10 minutes, even if you park them in the shade or crack the windows, the NHTSA said.

So, before you walk away from your vehicle, you should “Park. Look and Lock,” officials said.

Officials said some things you can do to help remind yourself include:

  • Ask your childcare provider to call if your child doesn’t show up for care as expected.
  • Place a personal item like a purse or briefcase in the back seat as another reminder to look before you lock.
  • Write a note or place a stuffed animal in the passenger’s seat to remind you that a child is in the back seat.

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