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June 25
Wake Reminds Public of Dangers of Children Left in Hot Vehicles
Wake County Human Services, in partnership with Safe Kids Wake County, will demonstrate the dangers of leaving a child in a hot car on Friday, June 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the front parking lot of the Wake County Public Health Center, 10 Sunnybrook Road, Raleigh. New this year, Human Services will honor children who have lost their lives, with a pop-up memorial garden.

Parents and caregivers will be roasting s'mores in a car to demonstrate the level of heat that can occur in a closed vehicle. All in attendance will be asked to sign pledges stating that they will never leave a child alone in a car, and if they do see a child left alone in a car, they will immediately call 911.

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, there have been 13 fatalities since April 2014, making this the deadliest time on record for unattended children in vehicles. Since 1998, more than 600 children across the U.S. have died from heat stroke while left unattended in hot cars.

This event is part of the "Never Leave Your Child Alone in a Car" national campaign to address the risks and dangers posed by children being left in cars. Safe Kids Wake County is made up of area organizations, businesses and individuals interested in child safety. They plan and implement strategies to reduce preventable injuries and death to children in Wake County. Human Services has been a proud partner since 2000.

Bobby Murray Chevrolet will be providing the vehicles for the demonstration. In the event of inclement weather, call 919-250-3989 to confirm if the demonstration is canceled.

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