Child Deaths In Hot Cars Can Be Prevented
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Summertime brings more than fun and vacation time; too often it brings tragedies that could have been prevented.
Each year an average of 38-stranded kids die from being overheated in an unattended vehicle. the number drastically increases in the peak of summer.
"The thing about leaving children in the car is they cannot cool their bodies down as to we can and we can get out of the car. A baby doesn't know a toddler doesn't know how to cool themselves down and within minutes can have a serious brain injury from actually the heat” said Page Geske, Manger, Safe Kids Magic Valley.
Just this year ten children have died and since 1998 more than 500 children across the u-s died from hyperthermia when unattended in a vehicle.
"You just need to make sure you get your kids out of the car, you don't leave your kids in the car. Even if it's running into the post office or into a friend's house” said Page Geske, Manger, Safe Kids Magic Valley.
Currently 19 states have laws addressing unattended children in vehicles.
Idaho does not have a specific law that falls under that category.
"If a child dies it's just like killing them, its manslaughter they should be prosecuted for manslaughter or murder. I just don't think its right to leave a child in the car especially in the heat” Louse Hayes, concerned parent.
"You should not leave animals you should not leave children you shouldn't even leave yourself in the car in the summer time it's just way to hot. That's our precious cargo that we are caring” said Tricia Anderson, concerned parent.
Concerned parents that will be making sure their kids aren't left in a sun beaming car.