Heat and Your Car: Protecting Your Family

In a short period of time, the interior of your car can become dangerously hot.

In the Florida sun, the temperature of the inside of your car can increase quickly, turning your vehicle into a mobile oven. Leaving the kids in the car to run in the store may seem like a good way to save time, but the trade-off could be deadly. Follow these safety tips to beat the heat.

A car gets hot quick.
On a hot day, the inside of a car increases in temperature as the heat of the sun is absorbed by the interior, but cannot rise and escape because of the windows. A car's interior can get 35 degrees hotter in just a half an hour. Do the math; that's 115 degrees inside your car on an 80 degree day. Over time, the temperature continues to rise.

The heat's effect on children.
When closed up in a hot car, your child can suffer from hyperthermia in a short amount of time. For example, on a 75 degree day, an infant could succumb to hyperthermia after being in a closed car for just 5 minutes.

Never do it.
The simple rule is to never leave your children or pet inside of a car. Also, lock your car so your children cannot play in it and inadvertently lock themselves inside. Teach your kids about the dangers of playing in a hot car.

If you see a closed car with a child in it and no adult in sight, call 911. For more information on the effects of heat exhaustion and heat stroke on the body, visit us online. You can also call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5119 to have your health questions answered or for a physician referral.

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