Kids left in hot cars can quickly suffer from heat stress
25 Jan 2018
Kids left in hot cars can easily and quickly suffer from heat stress and dehydration.
Thousands of kids are left in hot cars every year, sometimes with tragic consequences.
How hot does the car get?
- A parked car can become 20-30 degrees hotter than the outside temperature. 75% of the heating occurs in the first 5 minutes and 90% in the first 15 minutes.
But, what if I leave the window open?
- Leaving the window open has minimal effect on reducing the internal temperature of the car (only 1 degree Celsius when 1cm open).
Why are kids at risk?
- Leaving children unattended in the car, even if only for a short time can be FATAL.
- Children can easily and quickly suffer from heat stress and dehydration as they are at greater risk and suffer effects more quickly than adults.
For more about this extremely inportant message have a look at this information on the Kidsafe site