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Too many kids are dying in hot cars!

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Sadly, an average of 37 children die annually, according to the safety organization Kids and Cars.

In Richmond, Va., and the surrounding counties there have been multiple hot car-related child deaths in 2018.

Access the latest stats from Kids and Cars

 


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Here are 9 Hard Facts

A parent's worst nightmare is losing a child. It's a tragic reminder that a simple mistake can devastate a family and a community. Here are the hard facts about children being left in hot cars. 

 
 

Fact 1

Heat is more dangerous to children than adults. 

Fact 2

A child’s body overheats 3 - 5 times faster than an adult’s. 

Fact 3

Heat stroke begins when the body reaches 104 degrees.

Fact 4

When a child’s temperature reaches 107 degrees, death can occur.

 

Fact 5

A car can heat up to 20 degrees in 10 minutes.

Fact 6

80% of the increase in temperature happens in the first 10 minutes.

Fact 7

Cracking car windows or parking in the shade doesn’t slow the heating process

Fact 8

Sadly, an average of 38 children die annually, according to the safety organization Kids and Cars.

 

Fact 9

In Richmond, Va., there were three hot car deaths in 2018 and 52 total across the nation, according to Kids and Cars. NOTE: Review regularly updated Kids And Cars hot car death stats on the nonprofit's website.

Sources:

Kids And Cars, USA Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and San Francisco State University’s Department of Geosciences.