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Phoenix fire reminding parents to remove kids from cars

PHOENIX -- As Valley residents gear up for sizzling temps this weekend, Phoenix first responders have an important reminder: Don't forget your children in your car.

"We've tested vehicles and noted that, on a 93-degree day, the temperature inside of a vehicle can reach 125 degrees," said Phoenix Firefighter Larry Nunez.

After a period of time, a small child could be in grave danger.

"Your body starts to shut down. Like light switches, your organs begin to shut down. It's a slow death," said Nunez.

according to data from the Department of Geosciences at San Francisco State University:

Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 2012: 32
Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 2011: 33
Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 1998-present: 559
Average number of U.S. child heatstroke fatalities per year since 1998: 38.

According to the same study, an examination of media reports about the 559 child vehicular heatstroke deaths for an thirteen year period (1998 through 2012) shows the following circumstances:

52 percent - child "forgotten" by caregiver (288 Children).
29 percent - child playing in unattended vehicle (163).
18 percent - child intentionally left in vehicle by adult (100).
1 percent - circumstances unknown (8)

About the Author

Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.


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