Officials Warn of Hot Car Deaths During Summer Months

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With the summer season officially starting this week, officials are reminding people of the dangers that come with increasing temperatures – and how they can potentially be fatal for kids and pets.

The Florida Highway Patrol, along with organizations including Miami Fire Rescue and the Department of Children and Families, will hold a press conference Thursday to show just how quickly a car can heat up in the hot South Florida summer.

So far, 12 children have died of heat stroke across the country after being left in a car this year – compared to the 39 children who died in 2016. 54 percent of the heat stroke death cases since 1998 were caused by a child being “forgotten” by their caregiver.

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