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Make sure to take kids out of hot cars, says safety official

Child in car seat
Child in car seat

RHINELANDER, Wis. (WXPR) - Hot days could mean danger to your kids or pets if you leave them in the car.

Dawn Robinson from Oneida County Emergency Management says overheating occurs quickly on sunny days. "It does not take much for the inside temperature of a vehicle to go up 40 degrees even on a 80 degree day."

Children are much more sensitive to rising temperatures than adults and, each year children die from excessive heat as a result of being left enclosed in parked vehicles. Since 1998, an average of 38 children per year, or about one every 10 days, have died in automobiles as a result of heatstroke.

The answer? Robinson says leave pets at home and take your children with you into the store. "Never leave them unattended in a vehicle, not even for a minute. If you see a child in a vehicle, call 911 immediately."