Len Rome’s Local Health: Hot cars

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(WYTV) – It doesn’t have to be very hot outside to be very warm inside a closed car, especially if the sun is shining on it.

The temperature can quickly rise to 120 or 130 degrees Fahrenheit — deadly for a child. They’re more susceptible to temperature extremes because of their size.

So speak up if something doesn’t seem right.

“It’s so important. If someone sees something, to say something,” said Dr. Baruch Fertel, with the Cleveland Clinic. “If you’re a daycare provider and usually a child comes by a certain time and they’re not there, call the parent and ask, ‘Why is the child not there? Did you not mean to bring the child?'”

Put a cell phone, purse or something else you need in the back seat to force yourself to check it, even if you’re sure your child is not there.

When you get home, make sure you take your child from the car before doing anything else.

It is never OK to leave a child alone in a car, even for a minute or even with the windows cracked. The alternative can be heat stroke or worse.

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