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DANGER: Kids Left in Hot Cars

June 21 2013

If you’re a parent, you’ve been there…you need to dash back into the house, drop the mail off, run to the ATM for “just a minute”, and you think about leaving the kids in the car because it’s inconvenient to take them out of the car seats and have to buckle them back in. Maybe you have left them there. But think about this…according to the National Weather Service, the temperature inside a vehicle can rise 20 degrees in as little as 10 minutes, and up to 50 degrees in an hour — even when outside air temperatures are in the 70s and 80s — because the inside of a car acts like a greenhouse.  Let’s go back to first grade math for a moment.  It’s 95 degrees in this Florida heat so that means the inside of the vehicle will be 115 degrees in just a few minutes, 145 degrees in a few more minutes. Get the picture?

In 2012, 32 children died in the U.S. of heatstroke after being left in unattended vehicles. This year, 13 children have already died (source: Department of Geosciences, SFSU). Children’s bodies heat up faster and can’t cool down quickly enough before the body reaches dangerous levels.

Still thinking about leaving them in the car? I didn’t think so.

Prevention Tips:

  • Never leave them in the vehicle unattended. Period.
  • Make it habit to check the backseat when exiting the vehicle. It can be easy to forget a child who is sound asleep.
  • Always lock vehicle doors, even when you’re at home. Children are curious and can get trapped inside vehicles.
  • If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle, call 911.

The risk of leaving your child unattended in the car, even for a moment, isn't worth it. Ever. Let’s have a great summer and keep our children safe!

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