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Keeping Kids Safe From Extreme Weather

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  The case of a 6-year old girl, who died from exposure outside her Bemidji home last week is now being reviewed by County Attorney. Police have not released her identity yet, because the case remains under investigation.

  Police Chief Mike Mastin says he expects a ruling next week.

  Whatever happens in that case, experts say it's important that all parents have a plan in place to protect their children from extreme weather.

  Experts say extreme temperatures affect kids three times faster than adults.

Carma Hanson, "Safe Kids": "So if you're in extreme temperatures and after 10-minutes as an adult you're freezing cold and it's intolerable, it happens a lot quicker in a child."

  Hanson says it's important for parents to have a backup plan and talk to their kids about what to do in case they're ever locked outside their homes in extreme weather.

Carma Hanson: "Maybe they're coming home alone after school and there's a keyless entry… having a backup key to use, knowing a neighbor you can trust… that the kids can knock on that door."

  Some parents I talked with who were dropping off their kids at this elementary school today, say they never thought of having a backup plan. Others say… they're prepared.

Reporter: "You already have a plan in place? Go to the neighbors?"

Amanda Leroux Peters, Parent: "Yep, go to the neighbors and when they get a little bit older they'll have a phone for emergencies."

Carma Hanson: "We hope kids never need to use that plan, but in the event they do, it's always good for parents and caregivers to plan ahead and thank about… what ifs."

  If you'd like to learn more about the Safe Kids organization in Grand Forks, here's a link to their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/safekidsgf

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