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Thursday marks nationwide effort to protect kids from hot cars

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Car temperatures can quickly rise on a warm day. (File/FOX Carolina) Car temperatures can quickly rise on a warm day. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Thursday marks a day of awareness to remind people of the dangers of heatstroke and how quickly a hot car can turn into a deadly weapon.

July 31 marks National Heatstroke Prevention Day and several national agencies are taking extra steps to remind parents to think of the campaign, "Where's Baby? Look Before You Lock."

So far in 2014, 19 children have died from heatstroke. Forty-four children died in 2013 after they were left unattended in cars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The NHTSA has these safety tips for anyone getting in a car with a loved one:

  • Never leave a child alone in a vehicle – even if the windows are partially open or the engine is running and the air conditioning is on.
  • Make a habit of looking in the vehicle – front and back – before locking the door and walking away.
  • Ask the childcare provider to call if the child doesn't show up for care as expected.
  • Place reminders, like a phone, purse or briefcase in the back seat to ensure no child is accidentally left in the vehicle, or writing a note or using a stuffed animal placed in the driver's view to indicate a child is in the car seat.
  • Teach kids that a vehicle is not a play area and store keys out of a child's reach.
  • Community members who see a child alone in a vehicle should immediately call 911 or the local emergency number. A child in distress due to heat should be removed from the vehicle as quickly as possible and rapidly cooled.

Additional resources on understanding and preventing heatstroke:

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