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Police: Check backseat for children, pets during summer

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - The Cedar Rapids Police Department and Fire Department are reminding people the dangers of leaving children and pets inside vehicles during the warm summer months.

According to the Linn County Safe Kids Coalition, a child dies when left alone in a hot car every 10 days in the United States.

Forty-three children died from heatstroke in 2013, making it the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children.  

Pets are also prone to serious injury in a hot car. Dogs can suffer from severe illness, organ damage or even death.

In Cedar Rapids, it is unlawful for any person to leave an animal unattended in a vehicle when the animal’s life, health or safety is threatened. 

To avoid these heat hazards, both departments advise people to never leave children alone in a car and to make sure to keep their cars locked when their vehicles are not in use.

They also say if you see a child alone in a car, call 911.

For more information, visit the Linn County Safe Kids Coalition Facebook page at www.facebook.com/linncountysafekids or the Safe Kids Worldwide website at www.safekids.org.
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