According to experts, each year an average of 37 children die from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside vehicles. In a memorable demonstration, Los Angeles police officers gathered with local representatives and set up two cars – one with the windows closed and one with them cracked – to demonstrate just how fast each car heats up inside that could potentially be fatal to anyone inside.
The demonstration was conducted as an effort to deter parents from leaving their children in cars, as each year children suffer fatal heatstroke inside hot vehicles.
In about 12 minutes, a thermometer placed in the backseat of the car with the windows cracked jumped 32 degrees, to about 102 degrees. The vehicle without the windows cracked jumped to 120 degrees in the same time period. This was all before noon.
When a child’s body temperature reaches 104 degrees, organs begin shutting down. At 107 degrees, they die. Kids’ body temperatures rise between three and five times faster than adults.
Here are some simple safety tips you can follow to prevent heat related injuries/fatalities.