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High Temps, High Risks for Children Left in Metro Vehicles

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Prepare yourself for temperatures in the mid-90s and heat indices in the 100s.

It's starting to feel like a Mississippi summer out there and although most of us know what's coming, a metro is group says it's surprising how many people put their children at risk during the weather.

"The temperature that was in the car: 136," Joanne Culin with the National Weather Service said.

The group - concerned with children being left in vehicles - was showing off how quickly temperatures can rise on a summer day.

"Prior to the beginning of this press conference I placed a thermometer in my car. It was reading 76 degrees," Culin said.

Skye Stoker, nurse manager of the children's emergency department at Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital, said exposure to these high temperatures can be devastating to children.

"Once they reach a certain threshold of having a temperature of 103-104 or greater there can be organ damage. A child can have convulsions," Stoker said.

"If you see a child in a car please call 911. Get them help. You can be the life-saving measure for that child," Stoker said.

To date, 567 children have died after being left in cars in the U.S. since 1998. That comes out to about 38 kids a year.



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