Each summer I always cringe when I hear sad stories on the new about parents or daycare workers accidentally leaving a child inside of a hot car, in some cases the child was only left alone few minutes. As a mom, I always wondered how and why these kind of things happen to an infant or child. I know that I personally make sure that my kids are out of the car before I lock it or grab things out of the car. So far this summer, I haven’t heard about any of these stories on the news yet but the summer had just begun.
Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only. The opinions in this post are based upon my own experiences and may be different from your own.
How Hot Does The Inside of a Car Really Get?
Many people think that a car only gets hot enough to cause harm when the temperatures outside are in the 100’s. In fact, temperatures as low as 70 degrees outside can cause the temperature inside of your car to reach dangerous levels. Most people don’t realize that with the car windows rolled up, even in mild temperatures, that the car can easily become a death trap in a short period of time. After 20 minutes, your car can quickly reach up to 120 degrees when the temperature outside is only 90 degrees. Leaving a crack in your window doesn’t significantly reduce the amount of heat trapped in your car, so it is important to take your children or pets with you when you get out of the car.
Keeping your Children Safe from Car Related Heat Illnesses
If you plan on running errands on a hot day, it is best to take your children with you or leave them at home with a trusted adult. Even if you think that your errand won’t take you very long. A simple errand that normally only takes you a few minutes might end up taking you longer to do than you originally planned. You should never take the risk and leave your child inside a locked car. Always pack up your children and take them with you, even if it seems like a pain. It is never okay to leave your children locked in a hot car even with the windows rolled down. It only takes a few minutes for a child, especially, infants to start having signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion, heat stroke, or even death. If you ever see an infant, child, or children who are locked alone in the car, please pick up a phone and call 911 immediately.