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July 17, 2012 - Kids in Hot Car Danger Reminder

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Kids in Hot Car Danger Reminder

West Palm Beach, FL- Murray & Guari Trial Attorneys remind parents and caregivers that with most of the country experiencing higher than normal temperature and with the "dog days" of summer upon us, of the dangers of leaving children and pets in hot cars.

In less than 30 minutes, the temperature inside a car can increase 35 degrees. An infant can die in as little as 15 minutes even on a mild 75-degree day. 

A body temperature of 107 degrees is considered dangerous because cells are damaged and internal organs shut down. Symptoms of heat stroke include dizziness, disorientation, agitation, confusion, sluggishness, seizure, hot dry skin that is flushed but not sweaty, loss of consciousness, rapid heartbeat and hallucinations. 

Approximately 38 children die from hyperthermia (heat stroke) because they were left in hot cars. Since 1998 there have been approximately 527 preventable tragedies according to KidsAndCars.org. More than half of the deaths occur in children under the age of 2.

Don't make the mistake of thinking it won't happen to you. Here are some tips by KidsAndCars.org to keep your kids safe - BE SAFE:

Back seat - Put something in the back seat so you have to open the door when leaving the vehicle - cell phone, handbag, etc.

Every child should be correctly restrained in the back seat.

Stuffed animal - Move it from the car seat to the front seat to remind you when your baby is in the back seat.

Ask your babysitter or child-care provider to call you within 10 minutes if your child hasn't arrived on time.

Focus on driving - Avoid cell phone calls and texting while driving.

Every time you park your vehicle open the back door to make sure no one has been left behind.

Here are some additional resources for parents:


If you see a child alone in a car, be sure to call 911 and help make sure the child gets out as soon as possible.

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The personal injury and wrongful death law firm of Murray & Guari Trial Attorneys PL was founded in 2005. The firm is headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida, at 1525 N. Flagler Drive, Suite 100. The attorneys can be contacted at (561) 366-9099. Additional information about Murray & Guari Trial Attorneys PL may be obtained from the firm's website at www.murrayguari.com or on Facebook at MurrayGuariTrial Attorneys.




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