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The glaring summertime heat on the Outer Banks can usually be remedied by a cool dip in the Atlantic Ocean. However, all this sun has another unintended consequence from the heat. When you find yourself shopping or running any kind of errands along the stores found in Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, and Nags Head make sure you bring the kids in with you and leave the pets at home.

As the weather gets hotter, highway patrol officers are asking people to be aware of just how hot your car can get. That means you don’t leave your kids or pets in your vehicle. Within the past month across the U.S. there have been two heat stroke deaths because kids were left in hot cars, and that brings the total to six so far this year.

Sergeant Marvin Williams of the North Carolina Highway Patrol in Greenville, North Carolina (NC) says it’s best not to leave your kids in the car at all, including when you’re going inside a store or unloading groceries. He says some people don’t realize just how fast it can get dangerously hot. Sadly, one child dies every 10 days in the U.S. after being left in a hot vehicle.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm (VA-NC law offices ) edits the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, and the Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard injury law blog as a pro bono service to consumers. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY, who handle car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more.



  1. Gravatar for rebecca

    your info is really good but we need more info on heat. my dauther suffers from heat, she's really hot and she gets all the simtoms of heat stroke, headace, temper, swetting, etc. we cannot go out to have fun because she gets angry and all the above. how can one deal with this or even don't have anymore problems with it. last year she had a heatstroke and she is afraid of having one again. help us

  2. Gravatar for Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton
    Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton


    As a lifelong Virginia person, I don't have any easy answers to the heat around here. Your daughter could try going out early or late in the day, rather than the middle. Lots of water and staying in the AC whenever possible are key. Before air conditioning, the courts in this part of the world slowed down in Summer because it was too hot to try cases. I would suggest talking to your child's pediatrian or your family doctor for other ideas. The car, though, is really an oven in the Carolina heat and we all need to be careful.


    John Cooper

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