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1012 AM CDT Tue Jun 24 2014

...Missouri Summer Weather Safety Week...

This week is Missouri Summer Weather Safety Week. Temperatures
are on the rise and thunderstorms can often develop at any time in
the hot, humid air. Now is a good time to remind yourself of the
dangers posed by summer weather, primarily excessive heat and

Each year dozens of children and untold numbers of pets left in
parked cars die from hyperthermia. Hyperthermia is an acute
condition that occurs when the body absorbs more heat than it can
handle. In 2013, 43 children died in vehicles due to excessive heat.
In 2012 it was 32, in 2011 it was 33, and in 2010 49 children died.

Studies have shown that the temperature inside a parked vehicle can
rapidly rise to a dangerous level for children...pets and even adults.
Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease
the heating rate. On a sunny day with an outside temperature of 80
degrees, the temperature inside a closed car can reach 94 degrees in
two minutes, and about 120 degrees in 60 minutes.

So remember this simple slogan. Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat!
Make sure you do not leave children or pets in closed cars. And
leave unattended parked cars locked so children cannot get inside to
play and possibly get trapped.


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