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Child Dies in Hot Car Almost Once a Week
Safe Kids Worldwide says little ones' bodies heat up much faster than adults
-- Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly every eight days, a child dies from heatstroke from being left in a car that got too hot, according to Safe Kids Worldwide.
Sometimes parents forget little ones are in the car if the kids have fallen asleep. Other times, people think they just have to go into a store for a few minutes. But, young children's bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adults, Safe Kids Worldwide says.
Heat stroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle related deaths among children, the group noted.
To protect young children from dying of heatstroke in a car, parents and other caregivers need to remember to "ACT."
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about children and extreme heat.
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