Parents Warned About Dangers of Kids in Hot Vehicles - 8 News NOW

Parents Warned About Dangers of Kids in Hot Vehicles

Posted: Updated:

LAS VEGAS - With temperatures reaching triple digits in Las Vegas, authorities are issuing a warning to parents about leaving their children in hot vehicles. Not only can children suffer irreparable harm in a matter of seconds, it's also illegal.

The idea a parent would leave a small child in a hot car is unfathomable to parent Jasmine Wymer.

"How could you possibly leave your children unattended for the slightest second, even thirty seconds? It's inexcusable," she said. "Leaving the windows down, you know, somebody could come by and snatch your kids."

Jasmine says her three children might as well be her shadows, because they're always in sight. With the arrival of summer, doctors hope car safety isn't an oversight. Sunrise Children's Hospital is already seeing heat related symptoms.

"We see kids that come in that are even unconscious. They're vomiting, dizzy, need fluids and resuscitation," said Sunrise Children's Hospital emergency room physician Sandra Cetl.

Cetl says kids are more vulnerable to heat, because of their size. Doctors say it's even common for them to treat kids with first, second or third degree burns from the metal rings on seatbelts.

"Heat exhaustion and heat stroke and leaving kids in a car; it's one hundred percent preventable," Cetl said.

Leaving children unattended in hot cars is also a felony. Metro Police say you could face murder and child neglect charges, but they hope the law isn't your biggest incentive.

"Don't do it, because you could face criminal charges," said Metro Police Officer Jose Hernandez. "Do it, because your children are important, your children are precious to you and your children's lives are at stake."

Whether it's getting in or out of the car, Wymer knows the drill is always simple. "You can't leave them even for a slight second no matter who's around," she said.

In 2010, 48 children died torturous deaths as a result of being left in hot cars.

  • Las Vegas NewsLas Vegas NewsMore>>

  • BREAKING: Rollover crash shuts down Russell Rd. at LV Boulevard

    BREAKING: Rollover crash shuts down Russell Rd. at LV Boulevard

    Friday, August 22 2014 1:48 AM EDT2014-08-22 05:48:58 GMT
    LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a single vehicle rollover crash with one person ejected near South Las Vegas Boulevard and West Russell Road.According to police, the crash happened shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday night. It appears the red truck was carrying multiple passengers and the driver was under the influence of alcohol and ejected from the vehicle. The driver was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.The southbound lanes on Russell Road are shu...More>>
    LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a single vehicle rollover crash with one person ejected near South Las Vegas Boulevard and West Russell Road.According to police, the crash happened shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday night. It appears the red truck was carrying multiple passengers and the driver was under the influence of alcohol and ejected from the vehicle. The driver was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.The southbound lanes on Russell Road are shu...More>>
  • CEO: UMC cutbacks necessary to stay afloat

    CEO: UMC cutbacks necessary to stay afloat

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:40 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:40:55 GMT

    University Medical Center is facing its biggest employee cut in recent history, with 285 layoffs. This move affects both employees and patients at the financially-struggling, county-run hospital.

    More>>

    University Medical Center is facing its biggest employee cut in recent history, with 285 layoffs. This move affects both employees and patients at the financially-struggling, county-run hospital.

    More>>
  • RealtyTrac: profits for Nevada home flippers getting slim

    RealtyTrac: profits for Nevada home flippers getting slim

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:03 AM EDT2014-08-22 04:03:49 GMT
    Outside of Washington, D.C., Nevada in the second quarter of 2014 led the nation in the percentage of residential sales classified as flipped homes but that percentage is slipping and so are the gross profits resulting from such flips, according to data released by RealtyTrac Thursday night.More>>
    Outside of Washington, D.C., Nevada in the second quarter of 2014 led the nation in the percentage of residential sales classified as flipped homes but that percentage is slipping and so are the gross profits resulting from such flips, according to data released by RealtyTrac Thursday night.More>>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KLAS. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.