HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- In honor of National Heat Stroke Prevention Day, which is Thursday, Harrisonburg City leaders teamed up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in an effort to reduce the number of kids left in hot cars..
Fortunately we don't see too many kids left in hot cars in the Valley, but even one is one too many.
According to San Francisco University, last year, 44 children died from being left in hot cars. So far in 2014, that number is at 18.
The last Virginia child who died of heat stroke from being left in a car was in May of 2013.
Leaders with the Harrisonburg Fire Department say our area is lucky.
We don't see this issue too often, and Harrisonburg Police say the national attention on this topic serves as a daily reminder for everyone.
Derrick Charles who has two young kids, he says he is overly cautious when it comes to his kids' safety, and errs on the side of caution.
"I feel like if I'm in the car and if it's too hot for me, then they need to be out as well. So when I get out, it's time for them to get out also," Charles said.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will have a discussion on social media on the dangers of leaving children in hot cars.
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