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Hot Weather and Vehicles Can be Deadly to Kids

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Kennewick, Wash. -- A few minutes left alone in a hot car could mean your child's life.  In just 10 minutes temperatures inside a car can rise 19 degrees above the outside temperature. 

In the last year alone at least 42 children across the United States died from heat stroke by being left in a vehicle. 

Sergeant Chris Guerrero says the heat is far more dangerous for children than it is for adults.  Guerrero said, "It's because of their metabolism and just the way their bodies work.   They are much more susceptible.   Plus they don't quite know what they need to do to stay hydrated to maintain their wellness during hot temperatures like this." 

Police add that children under 16 years old should not be left alone in a car under extreme weather.