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Child safety advocates have tips to prevent hot car child deaths

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Devastating and preventable deaths happen every summer when children are left alone in hot cars.

It's a reality that child safety advocates hope to prevent.

Workers with Safe Kids NC said they want to empower people to ACT this summer. That means avoid the possibility of a heat stroke by never leaving kids in a car.

Also, make sure you lock your vehicle because kids can get in cars and not get out.

Create reminders by leaving something important in the backseat so you have to look back there when you get out.

Lastly, tell the authorities if you see a child or pet in a hot car by calling 911.

"Pay attention when you are in parking lots and please if you were to see them call 911, the police, emergency services," said Director for Safe Kids NC Kelly Ransdell. "They want you to call them, you are not burdening anyone but please call and that way it can be the difference in saving that child’s life."

The month of July is the deadliest month for child fatalities in hot car. Every year 35-40 children die from heat exposure in vehicles.

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Shumuriel Ratliff

Shumuriel, a North Carolina native, is thrilled to be back in the Tar Heel state as a general assignment reporter for WNCN.

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