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Children and Hot Cars

Most parents know it's important to grab children out of the car before running errands, but some parents don't think about the consequences of leaving a child in a car during hot weather most of the time those consequences are deadly.

The sun is beaming on the wiregrass and along with the sun we are experiencing sweltering temperatures.

Every time wiregrass mom Jennie burns takes her children out she doubles checks her car before she locks the doors.

"You wanna make sure you that you do everything you can even if it takes an extra couple of minutes, were busy but we should never be too busy to go back and check and re-check," says Jennie Burns.

Leaving a child in a hot car could be fatal in only a few minutes.

"Within minutes because the car heats up rapidly," says Dr. Lee Scott.

Take a look at this animation it tells you how quickly a car can heat up in ten minute increments with an outside temperature of eighty degrees.

At 10 minutes the temperature inside the car is already 99 degrees, after 20 minutes 109 degrees, fast forward an hour, the car is a whopping one hundred and twenty three degrees.

"So I decided to put this theory to the test, I have a thermometer and right now it reads at about 92 degrees, once I get inside the car, we'll see how hot the temperatures will rise after ten minutes.”

"So now I've stepped back into the car after ten minutes and the thermometer reads 113 degrees, now not only can a child not survive in those temperatures, but adults can't either.”

"Children do not thermo regulate their temperatures, efficiently as grownups do," says Dr. Lee Scott.

All the more reason Jennie burns says parents have to be cautious and remember to remove their child from the car.

"Children are our most precious gifts, and it's up to us as parents to be responsible for them especially with infants and younger children," says Jennie Burns.

One simple rule to remember is

"Beat the heat; don't forget to check the back seat," says Dr. Lee Scott.

Another word of advice pediatricians’ offer is if you see a child in a car, call 9-1-1 immediately and stay with the car until help arrives.

Every second counts in saving a child's life.


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