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Report: Arizona had fourth-most child heat stroke deaths in US

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PHOENIX — A report displayed on a heat stroke awareness website showed that Arizona had the fourth-most child vehicular heat stroke deaths in the country from 1998 to 2016.

According to the numbers on noheatstroke.org, 31 kids died from heat stroke in hot cars in that time frame. That was fewer than only California (45), Florida (77) and Texas (107).

Furthermore, Arizona had 25.9 child car heat stroke deaths per capita (1 million), which was among the worst in the country.

The website appears to be managed by Jan Null, a meteorologist who’s part of the Meteorology & Climate Science department at San Jose State University.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “heat stroke is a condition caused by your body overheating,” and “untreated heatstroke can quickly damage your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles.”

Last month, Maricopa County began its campaign to remind parents not to leave kids in hot vehicles.

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