Look Before You Lock: A Hot Car Warning

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - Summer after summer we hear the same story as children are left in hot cars. I interviewed Jim Williams from the Medical Center's EMS in a hot car to see how quickly the temperature can rise.

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I asked, "We hear about this every year, why does this keep happening with kids being left in hot cars?"

"About half of the ones they've come to find out, the caregiver just plum forgot, they didn't really have an excuse, they just got busy with the hustle and bustle of the world and just forgot," said Jim.

Jim also offered some tips to keep your children safe. "You could decide the one that's dropping off the other one will call and say did you remember to drop off? Did everything go OK? Maybe even build that into your routine that before you walk into work you call your sweetheart and say how's everything going, by the way did Johnny get to school OK or to the daycare OK, that kind of thing," said Jim.

After four minutes the temperature in the car Jim and I were in rose from 102 to 113 degrees. I was dripping with sweat and the car was stuffy.

Jim told me cars heat up really fast and he said in the end they can get up to 140 to 150 degrees.

You may think cracking the window will help, but according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that does little to keep the car cool, even with temps in the 60's your car can heat up to 110 degrees, and a child can die when his/her temperature reaches 107 degrees.

Jim says first you develop heat exhaustion where you feel lazy and nauseous, that can develop into heat stroke where you eventually stop sweating and your body shuts down.

"We've all be in stuff like this before, but anyone with any common sense says it's hot in here I'm getting out, but you have to remember there are people who can't do that," said Jim.

Jim and I were only in the car for 10 minutes and in that short time my temperature rose by a few degrees and the air in the car was so humid it was difficult to breath. It was a good reminder for all of us to look before you lock.

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