Burlington emergency crews host child car safety event

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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.

1 Comment

  • FaithC

    I have been driving down the road, thinking of everything I had to get done that day, and heard a sound from the baby in the back seat and all of a sudden thought, “Oh yes they are back there”. Yes you all have, so don’t even say you didn’t. With that said, if you can forget they are there while driving, you can forget they are in the car when you get out. Do something about it. If your life is hectic make sure you do something to always remind yourself your child is in the back seat. Attach a cord from the seat to your door, put a post it note on the inside door handle, do whatever it takes. Never, never think you can not forget, once you do…you just may.

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