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7/29/10
ILLINOIS INFORMATION SERVICE RADIO FEED 7/29/10

MORE THAN HALF OF CHILDREN IN THE U-S WHO DIE IN HOT…OVERHEATED CARS WERE LEFT THEIR ACCIDENTALLY BY THEIR PARENTS. (two stories, same lead).

25 KIDS HAVE DIED IN HOT CARS SO FAR THIS YEAR. 51 PERCENT WERE LEFT BEHIND BECAUSE MOM OR DAD FORGOT THEM SAYS DR. MICHELLE MINER…ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PEDIATRICS AT SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE. SHE SAYS IT DOESN’T TAKE LONG FOR A CHILD TO OVERHEAT…ESPECIALLY IF THE WINDOWS ARE ROLLED UP. SHE HAS THIS ADVICE:

(bite): A lot of… leaving anything.

ANOTHER 30 PERCENT OF CHILDREN WHO DIE IN A SWELTERING CAR ACCIDENTALLY LOCK THEMSELVES IN WHEN THEY CLIMB IN TO PLAY IN THE VEHICLE. THAT’S WHY MINER SAYS IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO KEEP YOUR CAR DOORS LOCKED AND KEYS PUT AWAY WHEN THE KIDS ARE HOME.

AT THE STATE CAPITOL…I’M KIM HOWARD.

FOR THE ILLINOIS INFORMATION SERVICE.

SECOND STORY:

MORE THAN HALF OF CHILDREN IN THE U-S WHO DIE IN HOT…OVERHEATED CARS WERE LEFT THEIR ACCIDENTALLY BY THEIR PARENTS. (two stories, same lead).

IT SEEMS UNTHINKABLE…BUT DR. MICHELLE MINER…ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PEDIATRICS AT THE SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE SAYS IT DOES HAPPEN.

(bite): Especially… in the back seat.

SAFETY EXPERTS RECOMMEND PUTTING YOUR PURSE OR WALLET IN THE BACKSEAT NEAR THE CHILD SO YOU HAVE AN EXTRA REASON TO CHECK THE BACKSEAT. CHILDREN ALSO DIE IN SWELTERING CARS AFTER ACCIDENTALLY LOCKING THEMSELVES IN. MINER SAYS THAT’S WHY IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO KEEP YOUR CAR DOORS LOCKED AND KEYS TUCKED AWAY WHILE AT HOME SO THE KIDS CAN’T GET INTO THE VEHICLE TO PLAY.

AT THE STATE CAPITOL…I’M KIM HOWARD.

FOR THE ILLINOIS INFORMATION SERVICE.