UFA Safety Message: Protect Children and Pets from Overheating in Vehicles this Summer
By Chief Mike White
With temperatures rising, it is important to remember we cannot leave children and pets unattended in vehicles.
In the first 20 minutes, a vehicle is turned off and left in the heat, almost 70% of the heating occurs. So even leaving children and pets in a car for a short duration is dangerous.
Cracking windows does little to help with this.
During days where temperatures are as low as 80 degrees, interior temperatures can climb as high as 123 degrees in less than an hour.
Dark objects inside a car can reach temperatures close to 200 degrees.
Complicating this is the fact that children’s thermoregulatory systems are not as efficient as an adult’s and their body temperatures warm at a rate of 3 to 5 times faster than an adult.
Only 18% of children who die in a hot vehicle are left there intentionally.
- To prevent this, we suggest getting in the habit of looking in the back seat before leaving and locking your vehicles. Practice this until it becomes a habit, to lessen the likelihood of leaving your pet or child in the car by accident.
- 87% of children who die are three years old or younger
- 54% are forgotten in a vehicle
- 27% are playing in an unattended vehicle