BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Burlington emergency officials offered a free program to provide information on child safety in hot cars on Sunday afternoon.
Though parents should be cautious year round, Burlington Police Officer Scott Elliott said that parents should pay close attention to their surroundings and take their time during summer months.
In addition to car seat checks, Burlington police, Burlington firefighters, the Kuwanis Club of Burlington and Safe Kids Alamance County offered information about hot car-related child deaths in the Wal- Mart parking lot on Graham Hopedale Road.
"A child's core temperature when it reaches 107 degrees, cells can start to damage and their organs can start to shut down," said Kelley Kimrey with Safe Kids Alamance.
Last year, there were 13 hot car related deaths nationwide. Two of those deaths were in North Carolina and took place in Brevard and Greensboro.