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Safe Kids warns about dangers of heatstroke

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COLUMBUS, Ga. - The summer months are just around the corner. As the temperatures heat up, Safe Kids Columbus is warning parents of the dangers of heatstroke. Officials say it can be deadly for children.

Casey Hobbs is a mother of 5. Her children range in age from 17 years to 4 days old. She's no stranger to running around town with them in the car. Hobbs says he always take the extra steps to make sure they are protected from the heat.

"You have to run inside, pay for gas then come back. If you have a child you have to take them out and it takes a little more time and it might be inconvenient," said Hobbs.

Officials hope all parents take these extra steps to prevent their children from getting heatstroke in a hot car.

"They're not sweating as much. Their color has changed. It's not that pretty red complexion but pale, those are bad signs," said Captain Paula Carter with Columbus Fire and EMS.

Inside the car can be 10 to 20 degrees warmer than outside. Those extreme temperatures can be deadly for a child. In a Safe Kids experience it was 87 degrees outside, but inside the car it was nearly 94 degrees and that was in overcast conditions. Safe Kids encourages parents to protect their children using the ACT acroynm. They say you can avoid heatstroke by never leaving your child alone in a car. You can create reminders by putting something in the backseat next to your childn so you won't leave them in the car. Take action if you see a child unattended in a car. You can call 911 and it could save their live.

You can visit www.safekids.org/heatstroke for more details.

Naomi Keitt

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