Beat the heat and check the backseat

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovannaSpecial to Valley NewsWith hot weather comes a special kind of danger. Cars can turn into death traps, with temperatures rising 20 degrees in as little as 10 minutes, according to the National Weather Service. And every summer, children die when they are trapped in hot cars – whether because the driver forgot the child was there or because the child got into an unlocked car without any adult knowing it happened. Within minutes, they can be in danger.These deaths are tragic and heartbreaking. They’re also completely preventable.As the dog days of summer begin, it’s a good time to revisit some basic tips to avoid the dangers of hot cars. The National Weather Service reminded motorists to “Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat.”Never leave a
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