POSTED: Monday, July 25, 2011 - 4:33pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 25, 2011 - 4:53pm
Sadly, we already have too many instances of kids and pets left in hot cars.
It’s a story no one understands. How do you leave a child in a parked car? How do you forget a child in a parked car?
Unfortunately, it’s easier than you think.
And it happens quicker than you expect.
Temperatures go up 19 degrees in just 10 minutes. It will go up 30-40 degrees in half an hour.
Even if it’s 72 degrees outside, it can reach 117 inside a car.
Cracking the window doesn’t help. The inside temperature will ultimately be the same.
And young children don’t regulate temperature as well as adults.
So far this year 20 kids have died in hot cars. 6 of them are in Texas.
It’s one category we don’t want to lead.
“Within a few hours temperatures can reach 200 degrees inside of the car. Between 180 and 200 degrees, so it doesn’t take long,” says Jeff Reed with Longhorn Ford in Mineola.
So how do you remind yourself?
“One of the things you can do is get yourself a stuffed animal when you’re putting your child in the safety seat,” He said. “Take the stuffed animal, put it in the front seat with you. Serves as a reminder to the driver that, hey, there is a childin the safety seat. So when you get out of the vehicle, you don’t forget. Another tip you can do is put a briefcase or your purse on the floorboard in the back seat. That way when you get out of the vehicle, you’re going to get your purse or briefcase and you’ll see the child and you won’t forget.”
How about hot items in the car?
“Everything in the car is going to be hot at 200 degrees,” Jeff reminded us. “So the first thing you need to do is see if the safety seat and the safety buckles aren’t too hot for the child before you put the shild in the safety seat.”
One more thing.
“And make sure you lock your vehicle, especially when you’re at home. And keep the car keys and the trunks keys away from the reach of children,” he told us.
There are plenty of places for kids to play. The car shouldn’t be one of them.
But sadly, it won’t matter how many warnings we give, too many parents and pet owners will forget the precious cargo they carry this summer.
It’s worth a little preparation to prevent a lifetime of regret.