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Local firefighters warn don’t leave children and pets in hot cars

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QUINCY, IL (WGEM) - On Monday, it took less than 15 minutes for temperatures to heat over 100 degrees inside a car after it was turned off. Outside temperatures were only in the mid-70s.

The next couple of days temperatures are expected to near 90, which will only take about 5 minutes to reach the triple digits inside your car.

Quincy Firefighter Ryan Kamphaus is warning to not leave children and pets unattended in vehicles. They said cracking the windows won't be enough to keep temperatures from reaching dangerous levels.

If you see a child or pet unattended, firefighters said to call 911 first.
If it appears they're in immediate danger, they said to break the window as a last resort.

"It's also important to remember especially with like child their bodies heat up about 5 times faster than an adult does," said Kamphaus. "So, it doesn't take them near as long to start getting heatstroke."

He said about 54 percent of child deaths in hot cars were due to being forgotten, especially if routines were changes.

"We always suggest if your routine changes put something that you never forget to take with you inside," he said. "Your cell phone, your purse, something that you're going to remember that you need to grab out of that back seat."

Kamphause stated about 25% of deaths are due to children playing in cars that were left unlocked.

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