Never leave children, the elderly, persons with disabilities or pets in a parked vehicle on hot days! What’s hot? …
Did you know that even on an 80 deg F day, temperatures in a vehicle can raise to unsafe levels in just a couple of minutes. In studies, cracking the windows makes very little difference.
From the National Weather Service:
A vehicle heats up quicker than you might imagine. A dark dashboard or seat can easily reach temperatures in the range of 180 to over 200°F. These objects (e.g., dashboard, steering wheel, child seat) heat the adjacent air adjacent air by conduction and convection and also give off longwave radiation (red in the images below) which is very efficient at warming the air trapped inside a vehicle.
Shown below are time lapse photos of thermometer readings in a car over a period of less than an hour. These photos demonstrate just how quickly a vehicle can become a death trap.
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 the car locked when occupants are not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.
C: Create reminders by putting something in the back of the car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at the final destination. This is especially important if an individual is not following a normal routine.
T: Take action. Call 911 if you see a child alone in a car.
REMEMBER, the elderly, disabled and pets are also at risk of heat exhaustion, heat stroke, brain damage and death. They should never be left alone in a car on a hot day – even for a few minutes.
- Children left in hot vehicles at great risk of death, injury – Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
- Heat Stroke Death Risk to Children in Hot Cars: Tips for preventing warm weather tragedies – June 2016 Consumer Reports
- Pets in Vehicles – American Veterinary Medical Association
- Heat Stress in Older Adults – Center for Disease Control
Have a great day & stay cool!
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