Safety reminders for keeping kids safe this summer

A car's interior can heat up to above 100 degrees in minutes

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – When the weather warms up above 80 degrees, like it’s been this week, parents need to be aware of dangers associated with leaving kids in hot cars.

When it’s 80 outside, a cars’ interior can heat up to above 100 degrees in just 10 minutes, drastically increasing the risk of heatstroke.

One local parent says there is never an excuse to leave a child alone in a car.

Michael Hunter of Springfield told 22News, “People need to be a little more responsible, take your kids with you. That’s all about being a parent. You have to take them inside the grocery store or wherever else you got to be so they don’t get heat exhaustion.”

Some other important reminders are to make sure your children supervised in and around water at all times. Drowning is the leading cause of death of children in Massachusetts.

Parents should make sure children always wearing a floating device and should consider a four-sided pool fence.

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