Rising temperatures leaves many concerned for safety

June 17, 2018 11:59 PM

Colonie-"Honestly as a parent I don't think it's possible to leave a kid in a kid, a dog or anything in a car but that's just my opinion" said Gary Childs of Albany.

While some local parents we spoke with may not think it's possible, unfortunately, it is a tragic reality. Year after year the national number of deaths from heatstroke in a car has continued to rise. last year, 42 children in the united states died from  being left alone in a car. 

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"Being a mom that's always something you think about, the safety of young children, the safety of the elderly, the safety of pets, making sure no one leaves their kids in the the hot car in this hot temperature" said Farza Nachisty of Loudonville.

The organization, Safe Kids World Wide says there are a few simple tips to help prevent heatstroke deaths in a car: never leave a child alone in car and make sure to keep your car locked at all times so kids can't play in it. As a parent of five kids, Gary Childs says this should be the first thing anyone thinks about.

"I don't see anything more important than leaving your child in the car not a phone, nothing" said Childs.

Medical experts say heatstroke in a car is not the only issue with rising temperatures. Some local students say with school still in session, it's impacting their day.

"Usually it's so hot in the school it gets harder to study, it's a challenge" said Haadia Kaheem of Watervliet.

The national Safety Council says it's important for people of all ages to stay hydrated and try to remain indoors if possible. They also suggest keeping pets time outside to a minimum.

"I think the last few weeks of school should just be water festivities, like preparing them for the summer, it's too hot" said Childs.


Brooke Selby

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