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Preventing hot car deaths as weather heats up

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(WKOW) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation has launched a campaign to prevent child heatstroke deaths in hot cars.

The Department is reminding parents and caregivers to always Park. Look. Lock.

Since 1998, at least 855 children have died due to vehicular heatstroke. The DOT said all of those deaths could have been prevented.

Important Heatstroke Prevention Tips:

  • Keep vehicles locked at all times when parked to prevent a child climbing in and becoming trapped.
  • Teach children that vehicles are not a place to play.
  • Never leave a child in a vehicle when running errands, not even for a minute.
  • Rolling down a window does little to keep a vehicle cool, and heatstroke deaths have occurred even in vehicles parked in shaded areas.
  • Bystanders can also play an important role in saving a life – if you see a child alone in a vehicle, call 911 and get help immediately.
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