CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Having just celebrated the un-official start to summer (Memorial Day), it's a great time to start thinking about how the summer heat can pose life-threatening dangers.
It is especially dangerous when it involves children or pets being left inside automobiles. We hear about it every summer… a young child or family pet accidentally or intentionally being left inside of a car or truck.
Here are a few facts based on a mildly warm 80 degree afternoon:
- With the windows rolled up the ambient air temperatures inside the car will climb to 99 degrees in just ten minutes.
- After twenty minutes, the temperatures soar to 109 degrees. If you’re trapped inside the suffering has already started.
- In the next ten minutes, the temperature has risen to a sweltering 114 degrees. Heat stroke is a very real possibility at this point.
- And after the sixty minute mark, the temperature inside the car will likely climb to around 123 degrees.
That's how a car becomes an oven. Since 1998, hundreds of people have died from vehicular related heat stroke.
In 2010, 49 people died as the result of being left in a hot vehicle. Very young children are especially susceptible to heat stroke. And with the numbers listed above, there's never an excuse to leave a person or a pet inside a hot car… not even for a minute.
- Meteorologist Chris Larson