It happens every summer in Arizona. Children are left inside parked cars, while parents run "quick" errands, but temperatures inside can be deadly in a matter of minutes.
Never leave infants, children or pets inside a parked vehicle!
Infants cannot verbalize when they're feeling hot or cold like an adult can. It's up to you to keep them safe from our extremely high temperatures.
Temperatures inside a vehicle can reach 50 degrees higher than the outside temperature. Cracking a window will not provide much relief to anyone left inside the vehicle.
When temperatures reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit, even with a window partially open, the temperature inside a car can reach 138 degrees in 5 minutes, and up to 150 degrees in 15 minutes. In these conditions, children can die very quickly, and the younger the child is, the faster the onset of heatstroke and dehydration.
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