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July 27, 2004

Americus-- On a day like today, the inside of your car can reach temperatures as high as 160 degrees.

More than 175 children died from heat stroke while sitting inside a hot parked car in this country during a six year period.

While it hasn't happened in Sumter County, the Department of Family and Children Services there is starting an educational campaign to make sure it never does. Bridgette Mack says, "It normally happens most of the time when you are out. People want to pay for the gas and run right in to pay or go to the store for a quick loaf of bread so what we are trying to do is target places where people are more prone to leave their children."

These posters will be distributed to Sumter County businesses. They are reminders for parents not to leave their children inside parked cars, even if only for a short period of time.

Posted at 4:21 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com