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Three steps to keep kids from hot cars

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With an outside temperature of 79 degrees, the temperature inside a car climbs to 142 degrees. (Photo Courtesy: Georgia DECAL) With an outside temperature of 79 degrees, the temperature inside a car climbs to 142 degrees. (Photo Courtesy: Georgia DECAL)
ATLANTA, Ga. -

On the heels of a child's death in Alabama Wednesday, Georgia officials are reminding parents not to leave their kids in hot cars. Bobby Cagle, the commissioner for Georgia's Department of Early Care and Learning, says it is  important to keep children out of unattended vehicles.

"I think about 30% of the hyperthermia deaths in vehicles nationally are caused by children who are able to get into unsecured vehicles and are unable to escape," Cagle says.

In an effort to prevent such tragedies, Cagle urged all parents and caregivers to remember three things:

  • Never leave a child in a vehicle unattended
  • Always lock your car and put the keys out of reach -- even at home
  • Always call 911 if you see a child left in a vehicle

A photo provided by Cagle's office shows that as temperatures climb to near 80 degrees, the temperature inside a parked car can reach 142 degrees.

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