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Kamloops RCMP ask motorists not leave kids in parked cars as temperatures rise

June 23, 2021 - 3:20 PM

As the heat wave picks up steam in the southern Interior, Kamloops RCMP have issued a reminder to "don't forget your kids in the car."

A vehicle is "basically a miniature greenhouse" and on the average summer day, the temperature in a parked car can quickly surpass 38 C, RCMP say in a media release.

"If it gets that hot inside a vehicle on an average summer day, image what it must feel like when the forecast calls for temperatures in the high 30s and low 40s," Const. Crystal Evelyn, Kamloops RCMP spokesperson, said in the release.

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Heat stroke can occur quickly for children, according to Kamloops RCMP, so people are encouraged to call 9-1-1 if they see a distressed child in a parked vehicle.

"Temperatures that high are extremely dangerous and parking in the shade or cracking the window is just not going to cut it. It’s not worth the risk," Evelyn said.

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