Beat The Heat, Check The Backseat

           Heat: Weather's #1 Killer

One of the biggest weather related risks during the summer months is the possibility of a child dying in a vehicle from heat stroke.  The temperature inside a vehicle can rise 20 degrees in as little as 10 minutes, and 50 degrees in an hour, even when outside air temperatures feel much cooler in the 70's and 80's! The inside of a car acts like a greenhouse, where actual temperatures inside the vehicle can reach 120°F in minutes and approach 150°F in as little as an hour!  This can cause hyperthermia (heat stroke) in only minutes, particularly in children, whose body temperatures warm at a rate three to five times faster than an adult.  Studies have shown that "cracking the windows" provides little (if any) relief.

On average, 38 children die each year from heat-related illnesses after being trapped inside motor vehicles. Nationally, over half of these (52%) were children that were forgotten by a parent or other caregiver, and 18 percent died when parents knowingly left their child in a vehicle.  The rest died playing in an unattended vehicle. 

All of these tragic deaths are preventable! To help bring awareness to this issue, the National Weather Service is using the slogan "Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat" to remind people to remember to check for small children in a car seat and to never leave children unattended in a vehicle- even for a few moments. Remember that pets should also never be left in a vehicle during the summer months.

 Below is a series of photographs, showing how quickly the sun can increase the temperature inside your vehicle to incredibly dangerous levels!!!

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