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COVID-19 may be putting kids at risk because of parked cars

There has been a rise in parked cars because of the pandemic, and it’s put children at risk

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A security guard stands at the entrance of a testing station at the University of Utah Health’s Sugar House Health Center in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

A security guard stands at the entrance of a testing station at the University of Utah Health’s Sugar House Health Center in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

More children are at risk for dying of heatstroke in a parked car this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report from USA Today.

“This year, COVID-19 appears to have brought its own impact to bear, with more children dying of heatstroke having gotten into vehicles on their own vs. being left there — almost always unintentionally, experts say — by an adult,” USA Today reports.

Cars are more likely to be parked at home during a pandemic since people aren’t heading to the office as much.

When a children gets into a car — usually something that happens on accident — they can die of heatstroke, since a car’s interior can increase in temperature by 20 degrees in 10 minutes, according to USA Today.

So far, 13 children have died from sitting in a hot car in 2020.

Indeed, Safe Kids Worldwide recognizes this could be a potential problem for parents during the COVID-19 pandemic since parents often leave their cars unattended or unlocked due to stress. And there’s no more stressful time than now.

According to SafeKids, parents will want to make sure they never leave their child alone in the car, even during a quick trip to the store.

Parents will also want to keep their doors and trunks locked. Make sure your key fob is out of reach as well.

“We are all in this global crisis together. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. Many bystanders have helped save a child who was dangerously sick and alone in a vehicle.”