Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat!

So far in 2013 there have been at least twenty deaths of children unattended in vehicles; heat-stroke_80404600-300x269ten which has been confirmed as heatstroke and ten which, based upon the known circumstances, are most likely heatstroke.  These incidents can occur on days with relatively mild (~ 70 degrees F) temperatures and that vehicles can reach life-threatening temperatures very rapidly.

Average elapsed time and temperature rise

  • 10 minutes ~ 19 deg F
  • 20 minutes ~ 29 deg F
  • 30 minutes ~ 34 deg F
  • 60 minutes ~ 43 deg F
  • 1 to 2 hours ~ 45-50 deg F
  • “Cracking” the windows had little effect
  • Vehicle interior color probably biggest factor

Parents and other caregivers need to be educated that a vehicle is not a babysitter or play area … but it can easily become tragedy!