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FREDERICK, MD -- The Safe Kids Frederick County Coalition would like to raise awareness on National Heatstroke Prevention Day about the dangers of leaving children, pets, and adults in hot cars. According to the National Safety Council, 52 children died in hot cars in 2018, making it the deadliest year on record. In 2019, there have already been 24 deaths nationwide. Fourteen children in Maryland have died due to hot cars since 1998.
“It is critical that parents and caregivers understand that it only takes a few minutes for the inside of the car to heat up and become deadly to a child in cold or hot weather. A partially opened window does not help cool down the temperature in the car,” said Jessica Dayal of Safe Kids Frederick County. “As summer temperatures rise, more people are at risk for heatstroke. If you see someone with flushed and dry skin, please check on them and call 911. Drink fluids and stay out of the sun for long periods.”
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For more information on heatstroke prevention, visit SafeKids.org. To learn more about Safe Kids Frederick County, visit health.frederickcountymd.gov/safekids.