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Firefighters Show The Dangers Of Leaving Children In Hot Cars

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Posted at 5:41 PM, Jun 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 01:12:49-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It has happened over and over again: children being left inside hot cars.

To stop it from happening here, Nashville firefighters put on a rescue drill showing the dangers of a hot car.

They used a thermometer and a child training dummy to drive the point home. Within minutes, the car reached a high of 129 degrees.

They used what’s called a window punch to break the window and make a fast rescue. Chief Mike Franklin said it doesn't have to be extremely hot inside your car for it to be dangerous.

"It doesn't take 90 degree heat to become dangerous for a child," he said. "Children have died with outdoor conditions as low as 60 degrees because of the intensity and speed it takes inside of cars to heat up."

At least seven children have died so far this year in the U.S. after being left in hot cars.