Safe Kids organization raises awareness about hot car deaths


During the hustle and bustle of shopping and daily life, many parents like Joanne McRae still have a major concern on their mind.

"I came out today because I wanted to find out if there was something more I could learn about how to keep my kids safe in the car," McRae said.

McRae stopped by the Safe Kids Cobb County safety van on Sunday. The organization normally educates parents about proper car seat installations, but felt another important issue needed to be included.

"Because of the stories that have been in the news lately, we thought it important to include how a child's body temperature can go up really fast when left in a car," Lisa Grisham of Safe Kids said.

CBS46 News has been following the case of Justin Ross Harris. He is accused of leaving his two year old son Cooper to die in a hot car on June 18.

According to Safe Kids, there have been 15 deaths nationwide from children left in hot cars. To help raise awareness there was a demonstration where thermometer was placed inside a van to show how high the temperature can go inside a vehicle.

The thermometer showed the temperature in the van rising from 97 degrees to over 102 degrees in about five minutes.

"When you leave a child in the car, their body temperature can go up three to five times faster than an adults. So even if the temperature were 81 degrees outside, inside a car it will be over 100 degrees," Grisham said.

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