Safe Family: Hot cars and kids don't mix

By: Ryan Loyd Email
By: Ryan Loyd Email

When you're in a hurry, and you won't be too long, you might leave your child inside a car for a minute. Police warn you to watch out, especially as the summer begins.

It could cost your child his or her life.

Inside a NASCAR race car, the temperature can get up to 140 degrees during a race, but those cars have special equipment to help it tolerate the blistering heat.

That's why police warn parents say it's extremely dangerous to leave your kids in the car -- even if it's just for a few minutes.

"I don't think adults would leave their kids in the car if the had to sit in the car with windows rolled up, with how dangerous it is,” says parent Carolyn McFarlan.

Your car is like a green house, locking in the heat, and small children especially could suffer from heat exhaustion.

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A child's core body temperature increases three to five times faster than an adult's.

"It’s a deadly combo. It doesn't take long for car to heat up; it takes a long time to cool down even with air going full blast."

In the last nine years, 320 small children have died by being left inside a hot car.

It doesn't even have to be a sunny day outside for a car to heat up to 50 degrees warmer than the outside temperature.

So play it safe, and keep your kids safe. Don't even leave them alone in the car for a minute.

It is illegal to leave your child in the car if you're not there until the age of ten.

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