If you are capable of forgetting your cell phone, you are potentially capable of forgetting a sleeping child in the back seat. As summer approaches, temperatures in a parked car can rise to life-threatening levels in minutes. Learn more about the dangers of hot cars and get useful tips on what you can do to prevent a tragedy. Join Cora Speck, injury prevention coordinator at The Queen’s Medical Center, in this segment of Ask a Specialist on Wake Up 2day.
Temperatures inside a parked car:
- Within 10 minutes, up to 20 degrees hotter than outside
- After 30 minutes, up to 34 degrees hotter
- Can reach 117 degrees Fahrenheit
Children, pets & seniors at risk
- They lack same internal temperature control as typical adult
- Their temperatures rise 3 – 5x faster
- Body may rise to 106 degrees Fahrenheit in 10 – 15 minutes
Tips on preventing heatstroke deaths in cars:
- When you buckle baby in the back seat, put something you need next to them—wallet, cell phone, etc
- At home, ALWAYS lock your car and hide the keys
- If you see a child, elder, or pet left in a hot car, stay with the vehicle and call 911. Be prepared to break into the vehicle.
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