West County Fire & EMS starts campaign to stop parents and caregivers from leaving children in hot vehicles

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - The heat is proving to be dangerous in St. Louis and across the country.

A West County teen is recovering from heat exposure after passing out during a morning run.

There are renewed concerns about children being left in hot cars.

West County Fire & EMS has new “Look Before You Lock” window clings in support of a campaign put on across the country – and here in St. Louis by SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.   Check the West County Fire & EMS Facebook page  if you’d like to get one of the clings.

They have a thermometer on back to show you just how fast the inside of your car heats up.

The temperature inside a FOX 2 News vehicle climbed about 60 degrees in 7 minutes, Tuesday afternoon, as a heat advisory took effect.

Anyone inside could have suffered a deadly heat stroke; the smaller the person the more quickly it could have happened.

“Similar to if you’re heating a small pot of water on the stove versus a large pot of water,” said West County Firefighter/Paramedic, Ken Cranmer.

There have been 12 child deaths in vehicles nationwide so far this year, according to www.noheatstroke.org.

Its pace to be one of the worst years in the last 20 years, and summer hasn’t officially started.

It just happened again.  Lance Williams, 35, has just been jailed for child endangerment after allegedly leaving his six month old son in his car – while he went into a barbershop in Des Moines, IA, Saturday night.  He rushed the baby to a hospital but it was too late.  Even though it was it 7:45 Saturday night the heat index was still 95.

“I would just never leave a child in a car.  I would never even consider it.  If you have to go into a store or into the gas station, even if it’s just for 30 seconds or a minute you need to remove that child from the car or children if there are more than 1…absolutely, look before you lock,” Cranmer said.

www.noheatstroke.org reports 54% of children who’ve died from heat strokes in vehicles since 1998 were forgotten by their parents or caregivers.

The window clings are reminders only and not meant for continued use.

The do not indicate a safe temperature for leaving a child in a car because there is no such thing.

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