Dangers Of Children Locked In Hot Cars

Published 07/14 2014 06:06PM

Updated 07/14 2014 07:12PM

So far this year, sixteen children have died across the nation after being locked in hot cars. Though no deaths have occurred in Abilene so far, police have responded to 14 reports of children accidentally locked in cars...including both Walmart stores.

"Well certainly that's the kind of thing that's every parent's nightmare. You know, you like to think it can't happen to me, but ya know, everybody's moving. Everybody's going all the time, but that's certainly a horrific kind of story to hear about," says Kenny Todd.

Abilene police say children's bodies tend to heat up three to five times faster than adults, making them more susceptible to heatstroke in these situations.

Kenny continued to say, "Something, living in Texas, ya know, the heat being the way it is. It's something we constantly have to be vigilant about, not just for kids but for adults as well."

Officers say a common misconception is that a cracking a window will help, when in fact, it does very little. In as little as ten minutes, a car can heat up twenty degrees and for many of us this summer, that means triple digit temperatures in no time.

To put it simply, before you decide to leave your child in the car, think twice about the consequences. 

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