SAFE KIDS Worldwide, has published material that supports the effort to keep kids safe while in automobile in warm or hot climates.
A quick search of the internet can show you videos or materials on how hot a car can actually become and affect those inside. For example, the temperature inside a car can quickly reach fatal levels for young children, even in outside temperatures as low as 60 degrees. A car’s internal temperature can heat up 40 or more degrees in a matter of minutes. In one test conducted on a 93-degree day, the car’s internal temperature reached 125 degrees in about 20 minutes. Leaving a window cracked has little effect on a car’s internal temperature.
Everyone is affected, but children are more vulnerable to heat because their body temperatures increase three to five times faster than an adult’s body temperature. Heat stroke can occur when the body core temperature reaches 104 degrees1. Take these suggested measures to prevent leaving a child in a hot vehicle or unattended in a vehicle.
Make sure your staff training program includes information about children’s safety in and around vehicles. Many states have passed laws that make it illegal to leave a child unattended in a vehicle. Another resource is the Governors Highway Safety Association, for child safety in vehicles. We strongly suggest you contact your law enforcement if you have any questions or concerns about child safety in your location.
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The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as all encompassing, or suitable for all situations, conditions, and environments. Please contact us or your attorney if you have any questions.