Make sure to check the back seat: RAA, AAA host hot car re-enactment to combat child heatstroke

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — As the weather warms up for the summer, it is going to get even hotter inside your car. Richmond Ambulance Authority has teamed up with AAA to remind parents — Don’t leave your kids behind.

On an 80-degree day, the temperature in your car can rise to over 109 degrees in just 30 minutes. For babies left in the car, it can be deadly even with the windows cracked.

According to AAA, nearly 1,000 children have died in hot car incidents across the nation since 1990. Last year alone, 25 children died with two of them coming from Virginia.

On average, there are 39 children who die from hot car incidents each year in the United States.

During a reenactment today at Richmond Ambulance Authority, a simulated 9-1-1 call was played before paramedics arrived to ‘save’ a baby-sized CPR mannequin.

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