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Officials urge community to not leave kids in cars

Sgt. Lee Reynolds Sgt. Lee Reynolds
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The death of an infant left in a vehicle for over 8 hours in Atlanta should put Southwest Georgians on notice.

Wednesday's high temperature in Albany was 93 degrees. Inside a closed up car, it gets much hotter than that.

After 5:30 p.m. Wednesday evening, WALB put a thermometer inside a car in the parking lot of our station.  In about 9 minutes, the temperature rose from 90 degrees to 120 degrees. 

Heat that extreme can be deadly to a child.  Dougherty County Police urge parents not to get distracted when their children are in the car.

"Some people have left children in cars with air-conditioner running," said Dougherty County Police Sgt. Lee Reynolds. "Sometimes that motor stops and if that air conditioner compressor stops operating, then its only blowing hot air into that car, which amplifies the heat in the car."

A recent study by San Francisco State University showed an average of 38 children have died every year since 1998 after being left in hot cars.

 

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