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DOH Says Keep Children Out Of Hot Cars

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Minutes can mean the difference between life and death in this hot weather. 

If it is 70 degrees outside, the temperature inside your car can rise another 19 degrees in 10 minutes.  After an hour, the difference can reach more than 45 degrees.

Yakima and the Tri-Cities are expected to be in the 90s this weekend so health officials want you to keep your pets and children safe.  They say 42 children died nationwide from overheating after being in a hot car last year. 

Children are much more at risk because their body temperature rises five times faster than adults when they are in a hot car.  Heatstroke happens when the body core reaches 104 degrees.  A temperature of 107 is considered lethal. 

One study shows more than half of the kids left in cars were by accident.  The Washington State Department of Health has compiled some important tips to stay safe in hot weather.

  1. Never leave your child in the car alone, even with the window cracked.
  1. Don't let you kids play in the car.
  1. Keep the car locked and hide the keys.
  1. Place an item in the car as a reminder to go back like a purse or briefcase.