High temperatures return to the High Country this week, and the Boone Fire Department reminds you to do your part to reduce deaths of children and pets in vehicles from heatstroke.

Avoid heatstroke related injury and death by never leaving a child or pet alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you are not inside so kids don’t get in on their own.

Create reminders. Keep a stuffed animal or other memento in your child’s car seat when it’s empty, and move it to the front seat as a visual reminder when your child is in the back seat.

Or place and secure your phone, briefcase or purse in the backseat when traveling with your child.

A child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle on average every 10 days, and in half of those deaths, the parent or caregiver forgot the child was in the car.

Temperatures inside a closed vehicle can quickly reach dangerous levels, as much as 170 degrees.

Children are often quiet in the backseat of the car and can be easily forgotten.

Children also play in unlocked cars and can become trapped inside.

If you see a child or pet alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call, as they are trained to respond to these

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