Local fire official warns of dangers to kids left in hot cars

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by Kaila DeRienzo, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 9 at 7:11 AM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- When it gets this hot it's very dangerous, even deadly, to leave children in cars. 

Virginia Beach EMS has only had to respond to a few calls for kids trapped in hot cars so far this year, according to Battalion Chief Amy Valdez. They responded to 149 last year. 

It's a scary thought for parents who know how easily it is to become distracted and forget their child is even in the car. 

"I think some of the temptation sometimes is if you have a resting child that's asleep in the car, you don't want to disturb them, you're just going to run into the store really quick," said Sandra Goode, a mother of triplets. 

But "really quick" can turn deadly really fast.

Valdez said most of the cases they've responded to were purely accidental, but the temperature inside a car rises about 20 degrees every ten minutes. 

"Typically, we can get in with minimal to no damage to the vehicle," she added. "We also have oxygen equipment for animals and children." 

Since most of these cases are unintentional, Valdez says the best thing we can do as concerned citizens is stay alert and report any dangerous situations to 9-1-1.

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