It's that time of the year again. Warm summer temps make going to the pool, beach and parks a lot of fun. But those higher temps can be deadly inside a parked car.
So far this year, twenty child deaths can be attributed to heat stroke (hyperthermia) from being left in a hot vehicle. About half of the deaths over the last ten years can be attributed to a caregiver forgetting the child in the car. Another third is from kids playing in an unattended vehicle.
Think it can't happen to you? Leaving your child in the car for even a few minutes with the windows cracked can be fatal.
A car left in the sun for 10 minutes can reach a temperature almost 20 degrees higher than outside temperatures. Wait 30 minutes and that number goes up to almost 35 degrees. Wait an hour and temps can soar to 45 degrees above outside. On a 90 degree day, your car interior could reach 135 degrees! And cracking your windows has little effect on temps.
Children's bodies heat up 3-5 times faster than an adult. So while you may just get a little overheated from sitting in a car for a while, it can prove fatal to small children.
What can you do to protect your children this summer?
Just being more aware of what can happen could prevent a tragedy. Let's keep our kids safe this summer!
By Becky Scott, contributor
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