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Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat

by Monty Webb

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 3:28 PM

One of the most serious weather danger during the summer months is the risk of a child dying in a vehicle from Heat Stroke (hyperthermia).  The inside of a car acts like a greenhouse, causing the temperature inside an enclosed car to rise rapidly to deadly levels in minutes!  The temperature inside a vehicle can rise 19 degrees in 10 minutes and 43 degrees in one hour - Even when the outside temperatures are in the 70s!  Temperatures can climb to near 140 degrees in an hour!  This can cause hyperthermia in minutes, particularly in children, whose body temperatures warm at a rate of three to five times faster than adults. 

Studies have shown that "cracking the windows" provides no relief.

Children Hyperthermia Death Stats:

-  Since 1998 at least 532 children have died nationwide from being left in a hot car.

-  Half of these were children that were forgotten by a parent/caregiver

-  Nearly 20% died when parents knowing left their child in a vehicle

-  The rest died playing in an unattended vehicle

Below you will find a graph that shows how fast the temperature will rise in an enclosed vehicle.

Hyperthermia deaths are Preventable!  Just remember...  "Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat"!