Officials Warn of Childhood Heat Stroke

BURLINGTON, Vt - As the temperatures begin to climb, it's a good time to remind people to never leave kids unattended in cars.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 9 children have died so far this year because of heat stroke in the U.S. Vermont Health Leaders say parents should think twice, the car gets hot too fast.

"It's particularly dangerous because the internal temperature of a car increase as many as 20 degrees in 10 minutes. So it can really take minutes for conditions where heat stroke can occur," David Grass, the Environmental Health Surveillance Chief of the Vermont Department of Health, said.

Grass says once it reaches 87 degrees, you are 8 times more likely to go to the emergency room because of a heat related illness.

For more information about extreme heat in the Green Mountain State, head to the Vermont Department of Health's website

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