Safe Kids Blair County says 8 children have died so far this year in the U.S. after being left alone in a hot car. The temperature in a car can rise 20 degrees in only 10 minutes, and a child's body heats 3 to 5 times faster than an adult's, making heatstroke a serious danger.
The group says the number of heatstroke deaths and near misses by remembering to ACT.
A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you're not in it so kids don't get in on their own.
C: Create reminders by putting something on the backseat of your car next to your child, such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you're not following your normal routine.
T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.
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