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Hot cars pose a danger for kids and animals

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

As the temperature outside rises, the temperature in your vehicle seems to rise even more if you leave it parked out in the sun. Those parked vehicles can be deadly if you leave a child or pet inside with the windows shut.

Jennifer Brusman is a Nurse at UnityPoint Health- Finley Hospital in Dubuque. She says a child left in a car with a hot temperature can make a child very ill or may even lead to death.

"We are a very warm state in the summer. When you leave your car, especially in the sun, those temperatures can climb very quickly especially in a matter of minutes to almost and sometimes lethal temperatures." Brunsman said.

According to Kidsandcars.org, on average 38 children die in hot cars each year in the United States due to hot temperatures. The website also says in 2013 there have already been more than 10 children who have died from heat stroke as a result of being locked in a hot vehicle.

"Especially with young children and animals, they don't regulate the temperature as well as adults do and they can't access door handles to be let out. They are pretty much trapped. " Brunsman said.

Brunsman said children and pets can become easily dehydrated from being locked inside a vehicle. Jane McCall is President of the Dubuque Regional Humane Society. She agrees with Brunsman that hot cars can put animals in danger.

"Dogs can only sweat by panting or through the pads of there feed. So if they are in a hot car, they are panting in hot air and there feet are usually hot because of the interior of the car." McCall said.

Brunsman recommends always taking your child with you when you leave a car.

"It's never a good idea to leave a child in a car. My rule of thumb is to never leave a child unattended in a car ever. It's very simple for that five minutes to turn into 15 minutes. It's very simple for you to get hung up and say 'oh the baby will be fine' and the baby is not fine." Brunsman said.

Experts recommend leaving a purse or something of importance in the backseat to remind you of the child. When it comes to animals, McCalls says you are safer to simply leave pets at home.

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