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Tips to prevent child heatstroke deaths

With the weather hitting its hottest time of year, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office wanta to remind you to not leave your child in the backseat of a car, even for a minute.

According to the National Safety Council, on average, 38 children under the age of 15 die each year from heatstroke after being left in a vehicle. This is something that is entirely preventable and here are just a few things to keep in mind to help keep this tragedy from happening.

• Always check the back seat and make sure all children are out of the car before walking away.

• Be extra alert when there is a change in your routine, like when someone else is driving or you take a different route to work or childcare.

• Put your cell phone, bag, or purse in the back seat, so that you check the back seat when you arrive at your destination.

• Keep your car locked when it is parked to prevent a curious child from entering when no one is around. Many hot car deaths have occurred when a child mistakenly locks themself inside.

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