Deadly baking: Cookies in cars

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POSTED: Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 10:00am

UPDATED: Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 10:09am

Firefighters bake cookies in hot car to highlight danger posed to children. Meredith Armstrong reports.

(WVTM) The recent death of a Georgia child in a hot car has law enforcement trying to educate the public on the danger.

Alabama's Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Department held a demonstration to show just how hot it can get inside of a car by baking cookies inside.

The hotter it got inside the car, the faster the cookies baked. The first batch was ready in about 40 minutes.

As the clock counted closer to noon, every half hour the temperature rose by about 15 degrees.

The fire department said a child's body temperature can rise up to five times faster than that of an adult, and heatstroke can occur in temperatures as low as 57 degrees, and on a day when the temperature is just 80 degrees, a car can reach deadly levels in 10 minutes.

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