Protecting Your Family from the Sweltering Summer Heat

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With summer in full swing, it is more important than ever to use caution when you're outdoors - but there’s a hidden danger you may not think about- hot cars.

In the summer heat, the inside of a vehicle can reach the triple digits.

News 13's Weather Team wanted to find out what this can do to your body.

Meteorologist Justin Roth volunteered to sit in a baking to show everyone at home how truly dangerous it can be.

Justin says, "I'm about to get in the car where it is about 70 degrees right now. Sunny skies. By about 30 minutes, this car should be feeling like 104 inside the vehicle so we are going to show you kind of the results of what happens when you leave your pet or maybe a child inside the car for an extended period of time and the results that happen on the human body."

The clock starts now.

In just a few minutes, Justin’s face starts turning red. It is early in the day but the temperatures are starting to rise. It isn't a super hot day - but it is warm enough to pose a risk.

Justin says, "So, it's been about 5 minutes. The temperature outside is just under 70 degrees. My thermometer app is showing that it's about 85 right now in the vehicle. My hands are sweating. I'm definitely feeling the heat."

Casper Fire Captain Patrick McJunkin was there and says, "Once we start reaching regular temperatures in the 60s and 70s, it's in a short period of time with radiant heat from the sun, the interior of a car can become extremely hot and very, very dangerous so anytime we get into these summer months with nice, bright sunshiny days, there's that risk."
The clock keeps ticking.

Justin says, "So it's been about ten minutes now - a little over. The temperature in vehicle is now over 90 degrees. It is extremely warm in here right now."

According to a recent NBC report, 14 children have died in hot cars this year. The average is 37 a year. That's one child every 9 days.

"Alright, so we are just past the halfway point. Temperature in the vehicle is now over 90 degrees - probably right around 95 right now and it is extremely uncomfortable," Justin says.

Now imagine if you had fur. According to an Animal Service Spokesperson, a dog can die in a hot car in just six minutes.
Finally, the moment Justin has been waiting for is here.

McJunkin went to Justin to make sure he was okay and asked him a few basic questions.

Lauren chimed in and asked, “Why did you volunteer to do this?"

Justin answered, "So I have to go through this. That way we don't have any kids or pets dying in the middle of the summer here. It's important that parents and people - sorry. Even when they think they are running inside for just a few minutes or for a quick errand, it gets hot very fast. No matter what way you turn it, it is hot."

Even a few minutes later, Justin continues to struggle.

The Fire Department says while cases like these are uncommon, they can be deadly.

McJunkin adds, "We've seen around the country where there have been incidents where children have been accidentally left inside a vehicle with really bad results."

Paramedics say to avoid sports drinks and hydrate with water. They also say that when people stop sweating, it is a huge warning sign.



 
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