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Garfield PD: Don't For Any Reason Leave Kids, Pets In Cars On Hot Days

The Passaic Street McDonalds donated free coffee and soda.
The Passaic Street McDonalds donated free coffee and soda. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Garfield PD Community Affairs Division

GARFIELD, N.J. -- Outside of car crashes, heatstroke is the number one killer of children, Garfield police warned parents and caregivers.

As part of its “Look Before You Lock” program -- which focused on the dangers leaving children and pets in hot cars -- the department's Community Affairs Division held a "Coffee With a Cop" session Tuesday at a local McDonalds.

Besides the potential for heat stroke, violators face arrest and prosecution, authorities warn.

The Passaic Street fast food restaurant donated free coffee and soda to citizens who came to discuss those and other concerns.

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