June 28, 2000
REMINDER ABOUT THE DANGERS OF LEAVING KIDS IN CARS
SPRINGFIELD, IL Dr. John R. Lumpkin, state public health director, today reminded parents and guardians of the dangers associated with leaving children unattended in parked cars in hot weather.
"During periods of high temperatures, children should not be left alone in a vehicle, even for a short period of time," Dr. Lumpkin said. "Within minutes, temperatures reach dangerous levels that can pose a serious health risk."
Dr. Lumpkin warned parents to be especially alert when temperatures reach 80 degrees or higher. In hot weather, temperatures in a closed vehicle can cause heat stroke and, in a matter of minutes, lead to permanent disability or death. He offered the following safety precautions to prevent heat-related injuries in cars:
Car trunks also are hazardous because children can climb into them and are not always able to get out. To avoid such hazards, Dr. Lumpkin offered the following suggestions:
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