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Hot cars can be deadly for children, the elderly, and pets

With temperatures already reaching the 90's, Georgia health officials have a serious warning for parents, Make sure you don't leave children in a hot car.

Nationwide last year, 33 children under the age of four died after being left in cars.

Ashlee Boyd's one year old son Hiel didn't flinch, but continued to sleep comfortably despite his mother pulling him out of the car to go shopping. Boyd says under no circumstances would she ever leave him in the car.

"No, I would never, the only way is if I'm in there with him, that's the only, I would never think about it," said Ashlee Boyd a mother of two.

She knows the danger that poses to a child.

"It gets very hot in the car, sometimes the kids even start sweating faster than the adults do in the car, sweat bad, you have to adjust them, make sure you get them out of the car," said Boyd.

"Children are not able to control their body temperatures as readily as we are and actually can't sense when they're becoming overheated," said Brenda Greene, R.N. Southwest Georgia Public Health Deputy Director.

Digging deeper we checked the conditions even on a cloudy day like Thursday. In our car, after a minute the thermometer rose from 74.5 degrees to 83.3 degrees. After two minutes it was at 88.3. At five minutes it was at 100.9 degrees and in just a half hour it sky-rocketed to 114.6 degrees.

"We know that the heat rises tremendously and quickly in cars even when it doesn't seem so hot outside, the temperatures will get extremely hot inside of a car, so cracking a window doesn't work, you just absolutely can not leave children, elderly people or pets in cars on warm days," said Greene.

And while it seems ludicrous that someone could forget a child in a car, it happens. Last year there were 33 deaths of children four and under nationwide, three in Georgia as a result of children left in the car. Health officials say give yourself a reminder.

"Anything you can do to remind yourself that the child is in the back of the car, maybe leave your pocket book in the back of the car so when you get out, heading into work you've got to open that back door to get your purse, then you'll be reminded the baby is there," said Greene.

So that errand that you run or that trip to daycare and work is a safe one.

Doctor's say a child's temperature can rise up to five times faster than an adult's. You should also watch out for the elderly, people on medication that might affect their body temperature, and pets.

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