With temperatures heating up on a consistent basis, it is important to be conscious of daily activity in the hot weather.
Tasks like walking the dog or leaving a child in the car can lead to deadly consequences.
According to weather.gov, each year dozens of children and untold numbers of pets left in parked vehicles die from hyperthermia, which occurs when the body absorbs more heat than it can handle.
In 2018 there were 52 reported child heatstroke deaths for the year.
Hyperthermia can occur on a mild day with temperatures in 70s.
Leaving a vehicle’s windows cracked will not significantly decrease the heating rate.
On an 80 degree day, the temperature inside a car can reach 99 degrees in 10 minutes, or 114 degrees in 30 minutes.
According to the Sarpy Cass Health Department, heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children nationally — on average, a child dies every 10 days from heatstroke in a vehicle.
There are ways to help reduce the amount of heatstroke deaths in a car and chief among them to never leave a child in the car in the first place.
Second, parents can leave a reminder for themselves by leaving a toy in the car seat when the child is out of the seat and moving that toy to the front when the child is fastened in their seat.
If anyone sees a child in a car by themselves, they should call 911.