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Hartsville group bringing awareness to preventable child deaths meets today

HARTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) - A group created to bring change to preventable deaths of children in their community, called "Children are our Most Precious Resource", will hold it's first meeting today in Hartsville.

The meeting will run from 10 a.m. until noon at Hartsville City Hall. Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. On average, every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle.     

According to the website, safekids.org, to reduce the number of deaths from heatstroke by remembering to ACT.
     A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you're not in it so kids don't get in on their own. 
     C: Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination.
     This is especially important if you're not following your normal routine.
     T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.

Seven children have been tragically killed in Hartsville, over the last year and few months. Five lost their lives in fires, one in an accidental shooting, and another who was accidentally left inside her father's hot car.

Organizers of "Children are our Most Precious Resources" say it takes a village to raise a child, and that's why they decided to come together to spread awareness. More can be read about the group and the reasons behind their efforts here: http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/25754414/hartsville-mom-designs-decals-to-prevent-tragic-child-deaths?autostart=true.

The meeting also comes after a 13-month-old Florence County died just last month after being left in a hot vehicle.  The case is serving as a real reminder of how deadly a hot car can be.

Safe Kids World Wide said already, this year the United States has seen seven kids die from hyperthermia this year.

Safe Kids World Wide is an organization, dedicated to raising awareness about child death caused by Hyperthermia, also known as heat stroke.

"We are out in the community trying to talk to people about heat stroke. Just be aware, just be proactive," said Ashley Costas, Coordinator for Safe Kids World Wide.

You can read more about this case, and the group Safe Kids World Wide by visiting this link: http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/25630853/fcso-investigates-death-of-child?autostart=true.

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