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Hot Car Safety Tips Shared

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It's estimated that a vehicle can reach temperatures of up to 130-degrees in just 10-minutes. According to the website, NoHeatStroke.org., 749 children have died since 1998 due to being left in hot vehicles.

If it's hot outside, chances are it's even hotter in your car.

According to Sgt. John Lueckenhoff,"...the temperature inside an automobile at this time of the year can very quickly injure if not kill someone who's left behind in that vehicle."

That's why families received reminders about remaining vigilant at all times at the Alliance of Southwest Missouri's Safe Kids car seat-check event.

Lueckenhoff continues, "You know, we always want to encourage people to check your entire vehicle, look inside your vehicle before you lock it up and walk away."

Car safety is especially important to Judy Crouch who is a grandmother of twelve.

She states, "I wish people would just always double-check your cars, always double-check."

Crouch sympathizes with parents who have lost children to dangerous temperatures in vehicles.

"But it happens because people get into a rush and they get really busy and they forget."

Lueckenhoff says that these temperatures are hazardous for everyone.

"That's very, very dangerous you know for children and even your pets. This is just not a good time of year for anyone to be left inside of a vehicle that's not running and air conditioner going."

And he says that the loss of even one life, is one too many.

"If one child is injured or killed because they're left behind, in a car, you know obviously that's too many," states Lueckenhoff.

Crouch would agree with this message and is thankful for the car seat checks and information provided.

"I think it's great. I think it is a great program. I think it's awesome that you guys are doing this," says Crouch.

Click here for the Alliance of Southwest Missouri

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