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Keeping Kids Safe from Heatstroke this Summer
MARION (CBS 2/ FOX 28)--Whenever she hits the road with her five daughters, Jennifer Beaman has one rule--safety first.
"You can call me paranoid,” Beaman said.
She says she never leaves her children alone especially when it's warm outside and even hotter in her minivan.
"I take them all in with me wherever I go, that's the safest route," Beaman said.
With summer just days away, seatbelts and airbags aren't enough to keep kids safe in the car.
"We will get a call of a child in a car unresponsive," said Captain Wade Markley of the Marion Fire Department.
Every year about 38 infants and children die nationwide from heatstroke after being left in a car.
"You'll hear one of two things 'I forgot they were in there' and the other thing is they just didn't think it was that hot and they left the windows cracked’,” Markley said are common responses from parents who’ve left their children alone in cars.
The temperature inside a car can reach dangerous levels in just ten minutes even with the window opened, according to Markley.
Officials say parents should remember to ACT.
"A" --avoid heatstroke related injuries all together by never leaving a child alone in a car.
"C" --create reminders, like leaving something in the backseat with your child that is needed once you reach your destination.
"Put your briefcase, your purse, your work out bag, your cell phone, something in the backseat that you have to get that out when you get to work," Markley said.
And "T"--if you see a child left in alone in a car--take action.
"On a hot day, even if the windows are cracked, call the police," Markley said.