Summer. Now you see it: now it’s almost over. It might be time to buy backpacks and binders, but hot summer days are still very real.
- Never leave children alone in a parked car, even if the windows are rolled down or the air conditioning is on. A child’s body temperature can heat up three to five times faster than that of an adult.
- Always look in both the front and back of the vehicle before locking the door and walking away. A sleeping child is a quiet child
- Lock your vehicle doors and trunk and always keep keys out of a child’s reach.
- Don’t forget your four-legged family members! If you are driving to a destination where you cannot bring your pet inside with you, then don’t bring him or her. Leaving pets alone in a hot car puts them at serious risk.
Here are some quick facts to remember about the dangers of heatstroke:
- Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-collision, vehicle related deaths for children. Since 1998, an average of 38 children have been killed every year by heatstroke.
- In the elderly, the body’s temperature regulation ability can be impaired due to underlying medical conditions and medications.
- Unlike humans, pets don’t have sweat glands throughout their body; only their noses and the pads of their paws. They can only normalize their body temperatures through panting, which is inefficient under extreme conditions.
- When the temperature is between 72 and 96 degrees outside, temperatures in enclosed vehicles can increase by 43 degrees in just an hour.
- Mild heat emergencies can quickly and continually progress to severe heat exhaustion and heat stroke if left untreated.
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