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"Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat" campaign reminds parents not to leave kids unattended in hot cars Submitted: 07/09/2013

Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
bmeyer@wjfw.com


RHINELANDER - Hot weather can be especially dangerous for babies.

Summertime makes it extra important not to leave your kids in the car by themselves.

Outside of crashes, more children die in cars each year from heatstroke than any other cause.

About 38 kids die every year from heatstroke in cars.

"What we like to say in public health is, 'beat the heat, check the backseat'. Create reminders by putting something in the backseat that will help you to remember that you need to get something before you get to your final destination," says Oneida Co. Public Health Nurse Jill Blake.

Try putting a purse, briefcase, or cell phone in the backseat with your child.

That forces you to go to the back to get your belongings.

Then, you'll remember to take your child.

Always call 911 if you see a child alone in a different car.

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