With Florida temperatures averaging in the 90s, a parked car can heat up significantly in a matter of minutes. Too many children have been left unattended in cars around the country this summer – and many of those victims died. Now that we’re into our hottest month we can’t say it enough: do not leave children or pets in your vehicle even for a short period of time and look before you lock!
To show you just how dangerously hot it can get, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Deputy Ray Vleck offered to illustrate what 10 minutes inside a parked car looks and feels like. WATCH IT HERE!
Here are a few facts to remind you to LOOK BEFORE YOU LOCK!
- It takes just 10 minutes for the temperature in a car to go up 20 degrees.
- A child’s body temperature can rise up to FIVE TIMES FASTER than an adult.
- A core body temperature of 107 degrees can be lethal. Cells are damaged and internal organs begin to shut down.
- Cracking the windows has little effect, so NEVER leave a child or a pet unattended in a vehicle, not even for a minute.
Remember Florida law prohibits anyone from leaving children unattended or unsupervised in a motor vehicle. Read more about the risks and consequences of leaving kids alone in hot cars from Parent Central and remember, LOOK BEFORE YOU LOCK!