Dangers of hot cars during summer


MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. (WTNH)– It’s the time of the year to talk about the dangers of hot cars. Little ones, especially babies, can die in just a short time if left in a hot car.

Most cases of kids dying in cars are accidental but it’s a real risk.

“It’s a wall of heat and you just want to break through it,” said Nate Szymanski, Middlefield.

On a hot day it seems all people can think about is the heat.

“I’m sweating a little bit. It’s harder to get outside,” said Szymanski.

And when temperatures climb people like Officer Adam Marois of the Manchester Police Department, often find themselves busy because someone forgot a pet or child in a scorching hot vehicle

“A lot of people are concerned. They want to help the child or the pet so we frequently get calls on a very regular basis,” said  Marois.

Perhaps they’re not thinking or maybe they just don’t understand the dangers.

“It’s extremely dangerous,” said Marois.

According to safercar.gov;
– In 10 minutes a car can heat up 20 degrees Fahrenheit
– Cracking a window does little to keep car cool
– With temperatures in the 60s your car can heat up above 110 degrees
– A child’s body temperature can rise up to 5 times faster than an adults

And one way that you can help yourself not forget that you have a child in the car is giving yourself visual cues.

teddy bear in car

For example, if there’s no child in your car seat put a teddy bear in there and when there is a child in the car seat take the teddy bear out and put it in the front seat.

But Officer Marois says the best piece of advice anyone can follow is to be mindful of where you are and who you’ve got with you, it could just save a life of someone you love.

“Be aware of your surroundings. A child or a pet should be a valuable to that person,” said Marois.

Another piece of advice from safercar.gov, is not let children play alone in a vehicle and teach them the car is not a play area.

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