Tucson Fire warns about dangers of hot cars

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The summer months keep it hot outside and especially scorching inside your vehicle.

They're haven't been any deaths of children left in hot cars this year and Tucson Fire wants to keep it that way.

With the heat index at its peak during the afternoon. Fire officials are warning folks of a common sense procedure.

"Never leave anybody in a vehicle in the summer months," said Capt. Trish Tracy of the Tucson Fire Department.

According to AAA, Arizona ranks 4th in the nation in the number of child deaths in hot cars.

And just over half of those occur because a caregiver forgot.

"Even if you park the vehicle in the shade, under a tree the temperature inside that vehicle can get extremely hot, much hotter than it is outside and it can be deadly within a matter of minutes," said Capt. Tracy.

Juan Singleton is a father of 4.  Even though the kids are a handful, there's no way they'd be left alone in a car.

"I know we would never leave them in the car because I've worked out here in the sun before and it kills you, just a few minutes being in the car and its probably 120 degrees," said Singleton.

The last car-heat related death in Tucson was in 2006.

In 2008 the legislature passed a law making it illegal to leave a child under 14-years old alone in the car.

"The devastating effects of leaving a child in a vehicle are not just the lose of the child but also the consequences the adult will pay," said Tracy.

Arizona had 23 deaths between 1998 and 2010, most recently in Phoenix last year.