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EMSA Responds To Kids Locked In Hot Cars

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Even though the month of May was mostly rainy and stormy, emergency officials said dispatchers still received more than two dozen reports of a child or infant locked in a car.

EMSA reported 29 emergency calls last month alone. Not all of the incidents happened on hot days, but EMSA officials said they still want to remind people how deadly a hot car can be during the summer.

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Officials said a car's windows trap in sunlight and heat, making the vehicle hot on even a mild day in Oklahoma. On top of that, children's bodies have greater surface area to body mass ratio, so they reportedly absorb more heat on a hot day. EMSA officials also said children have a considerably lower sweating capacity than adults, so they cannot dissipate body heat by evaporative sweating and cooling as well as a grown person.

EMSA said not all children end up in hot cars because their parents left them there. They urge safety in preventing kids from climbing into unlocked vehicles and getting stuck inside.

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