Hot cars can quickly turn into a deadly trap

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hot carSEATTLE – Police reminded parents Tuesday to never leave their children in the car during warm weather, even for a few minutes.

According to a Kent police release, the family car can serve as a “greenhouse.”

On a normal 72-degree day, the internal temperature of a car can rise 35 to 40 degrees in an hour with the windows rolled up.

A child’s body temperature spikes 2-3 times faster than an adults, quickly turning the interior of a vehicle a dangerous place for young childredn.

Eight kids — most younger than two years old — have died after being left in a hot car this year alone.

Police offer simple reminders for parents and caregivers:

-Put your phone or work bag next to the child’s seat so you don’t forget they are in the car

-If a spouse or family member is taking a child somewhere and they normally don’t, call and check the child is OK.

-Leave the diaper bag in the front passenger seat as a reminder.

It is illegal to leave a child unattended in a car whether or not the engine is running under Washington state law.

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