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Kids in Hot Cars: Can Be a Deadly Combination

By: Ilyssa Trussel
By: Ilyssa Trussel

As a mother of three, Julie Biro is always on the go, but no matter how much of a hurry she's in, she says she never leaves her little ones alone in a hot car.

"They could die in a car. I mean, a horrible death."

But time and time again parents do leave their kids unattended, thinking they'll only be gone for a moment, or if the car is in the shade with a window cracked the baby will be okay.

"There's no way, no way. Their body temperature raises so quickly, especially the smaller ones who can't get out of the car. It's just crazy. Why would you do that? Why would you put them in that much danger?" said Lori Thomason, who has five young children.

OFC John Newland says this time of year the Tallahassee Police Department gets calls about kids trapped in hot cars.

"It only takes a few minutes for that temperature in that car to rise dramatically."

WCTV put it to the test in a packed parking lot on a hot day, putting a thermometer in the news car to see how quickly the car would heat up.

In just four minutes the mercury inside the car went from 80 degrees to 110 degrees, very uncomfortable and very unsafe.

Biro says any amount of time is too long.

"You wouldn't want to be in one, so why would you leave a little one in one?"


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