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Know the Potentially Life-Threatening Dangers of Hot Cars

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDNews) – As temperatures rise this summer, it is important to know the potential dangers of hot cars.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, extreme heat occurs when the temperature reaches extremely high levels or when the combination of heat and humidity causes the air to become oppressive.

Heat-related deaths can take place anywhere, including construction sites, houses with little to no AC, and cars.

When the outside temperature reaches 80° Fahrenheit, the temperature inside the car will be 109° after 20 minutes, 118° after 40 minutes, and 123° after 60 minutes.

Never leave children or pets in hot cars, even if you plan on returning shortly.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a child’s body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult’s.

The threshold for heatstroke in children is when the internal body temperature reaches about 104° F.

If the child’s internal body temperature reaches 107° F, the child could die.

In 2023, 29 children died of heatstroke in vehicles.

Rolling windows down or parking in the shade does little to change the interior temperature of the vehicle.

If you are a parent or often have children in your car, make sure to check the backseat before leaving your vehicle.

If you see a child alone in a locked car, act immediately and call 911. A child in distress due to heat should be removed from the vehicle as quickly as possible and rapidly cooled.