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Beaufort Police: Remember, cracking the window doesn’t help cool off the car

Despite high temperatures and never ending strings of reminders, children and pets are still left unsupervised in hot vehicles.

Beaufort Police Department reminded the community through a news release that children, pets and even adults can die from hyperthermia if their bodies overheat and can’t cool down properly. This can occur even on a seemingly mild day.

Leaving windows open slightly does little to stave off heat, and children are especially susceptible as their bodies heat up three to five times faster than adults’, according to the release. Internal organs start to fail when the body reaches 104 degrees and a child could die if his or her body temperature reaches 107 degrees.

Joan McDonough: 843-706-8125, @IPBG_Joan