When cars are hot ...
This is the time of year that I feel I must put in an editorial word about hot cars.
But I don’t mean the sexy, fast sports cars you see in automobile ads on television or in your daily paper. I mean cars that can get so hot inside that they can fry a child or an animal to death in a terrifyingly short time.
I heard on a TV news broadcast on June 8 that the temperature inside your car can go from 80 degrees F. to above 100 degrees in just ten minutes or so with all doors closed and without air conditioning. Even on what you and I would consider mild spring days, the temperature inside a closed car can easily reach 140 degrees. That kind of heat can be fatal to a child or pet because their bodies don’t deal with heat in the same way a fully-grown human body does. Adults have more body area than children do, so they have more capacity to dispose of heat. Inside a closed car, a child’s internal temperature can rise much faster than that of an adult, with less skin surface to “vent” the heat away from the core.
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