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Authorities Warn Against Leaving Kids or Pet in Car

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--  Temperatures were near or above 100 degrees this weekend, and authorities are warning against leaving your kids or pets in the car. 

Firefighters say your car can get up to 150 or 160 degrees in a matter of minutes, and that level of heat could be deadly.  Firefighter-paramedic Earl Anema says, "The different types of medical problems include heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which could result in brain injury or even death."  He says they will break car windows to get to a child or pet out if they need.

In Washington, it can also be a criminal offense to leave your child unattended in a car.

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