Car safety, dangers of carbon monoxide

Never leave your car running in a garage or any other closed space.

Photo: Kailey McCarthy

The Lee County Sheriff's Office wants to remind citizens as temperatures begin to drop outside, it is important to turn your car off while sitting in the garage or a closed space.

According to Sergeant Daphne Lindsey, it is never safe to keep your car running, especially with children in the backseat.

Lindsey says it is never ok to leave a child unattended in a vehicle, especially in the winter with the heat cranked up.

"It is never safe to keep your car running, especially with children in them. Sometimes people think oh I'm going to keep the car cranked up and the heater on, my kids will be safe and warm its winter time so my kid can't have a heat stroke. This happens in Georgia and the child can actually have a heat stroke," said Lindsey.

Lindsey says when children are covered up in blankets and warm layers, the cranked up heat can cause them to have a heat stroke in under 15 minutes.

"Even in the winter we have heat strokes occur. We've had them happen in the state of Georgia before, heat strokes, the car being cranked up, full blown heat and the child bundled up and left in the vehicle for a long enough period of time to where the child's heart stopped," said Lindsey.

According to the Sheriff's Office, there have been 43 heat strokes with infants left in cars in the United States this year. Four of those cases have happened right here in Georgia.

"We've all done it, we've all cranked our car up, turned it up to the highest as it goes you know high, 90 degrees, we have our kids all bundled up and you leave them in the vehicle and you accidentally get distracted, you don't ever want that to be your child and that was your mistake," said Lindsey.

Lindsey also adds that it is never safe to keep your car running while sitting in the garage or any closed space.

She says carbon monoxide can kill you within minutes.

According to Lindsey, it is also a good idea to check your vehicle's tail pipes.

"If you have leaves, snow or dirt stuck in your tail pipes, it can actually cause carob monoxide to come back into your vehicle and harm you," said Lindsey.

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