19 October 2017Last updated

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Summer is here, don’t leave kids in locked cars

177 children left in parked vehicles were rescued in 2014 and 2015

16 May 2016 | 10:28 am
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As temperatures inch toward 40 degree Celsius in the UAE, experts are warning parents to refrain from leaving their children in a locked car — even for a few minutes — while running errands.

It can take as little as 10 minutes for a car’s interior temperatures to rise by 80 per cent in summer heat, enveloping a child with fatal temperatures that can lead to overheating for the child three to five times faster than an adult.

A tragic string of child deaths across the UAE in recent years, including the death of a four-year-old Emirati child left in a garage in Sharjah in July of last year, lends urgency to calls by experts for child safety in the UAE.

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