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Checking backseat could save child’s life

July 11, 2014

The internal temperature of a car left in a parking lot Thursday afternoon reached nearly 120 degrees after only 30 minutes, while the outside temperature remained in the low-to-mid 80s. Dozens of children die annually across the United States from being left alone in hot vehicles. (Photo by Alex Holloway, SDN)

As summer temperatures rise, several state and local agencies have been taking action to remind parents that it’s imperative to make sure not to leave their children in cars unattended.

The National Weather Service in Jackson (NWS) has engaged in educational and outreach measures on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. According to NWS-provided statistics, 621 children have died from being left in hot cars since 1998. In 2013, 44 children died in hot cars across the United States, including two in Mississippi. So far, 15 children have died nationwide in 2014, though none have been reported as Mississippi deaths.

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