Hot Weather Puts Children At Risk in Parked Cars
As we enter the peak summer season and temperatures continue to rise, the U.S. Department of Transportation is reminding parents that hot weather puts children at risk in parked cars. Already this summer at least eight children in the United States have lost their lives after being left in unattended motor vehicles, and an unknown number of children have suffered moderate to severe, permanent injuries due to heatstroke. The U-S D-O-T's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reminding parents and caregivers that in the few minutes it may take to run a simple errand, the temperature inside of an enclosed vehicle can reach deadly levels even on a mild day. Children's bodies overheat easily and when left in a hot vehicle, a young child's body temperature may spike three to five times faster than an adult. So, adults who leave children unattended in vehicles, either accidentally or who think, "I'll just run into the store for a minute," can very quickly expose children to temperatures in excess of 110° Fahrenheit inside the car. Even on a mild day, the temperature inside of a car can rise almost 20 degrees within the first 10 minutes.