Mother nature is turning up the heat. The forecast calls for temps in the mid-80s to the mid-90s for at least the next 10 days. These high temps could be a death sentence to any kids or pets who find themselves left in a hot car - even for a few minutes.
We’ve all heard it - the copious reasons for not leaving a child or a pet in a hot car for any length of time. You wouldn’t want to wait for “Just a minute” in a sweltering car either, would you? Neither do your kids or your pets.
And leaving a window cracked a bit just doesn’t cut it.
We all know that gone for “just a second” can quickly turn into minutes. Those few minutes could mean the difference between life and death.
In as little as 10 minutes, with the outside temperature about 94 (our forecasted temp for Monday) the inside of a car can reach 109-114 degrees. In just 30 minutes, that temp can skyrocket to 130 degrees.
At those temperatures suffering heatstroke and eventual organ failure quickly (especially in the case of children and pets, whose body temperatures rise faster than adults) is a very real possibility.
It's estimated that nearly 40 children in the U.S. suffer heat-related deaths annually from being trapped inside motor vehicles. That's, on average, 40 completely preventable deaths.
These needless deaths need not occurred.
Please Wasatch County - do not leave your kids and pets in locked cars or outside without shelter and water in the heat of the day.
Even one life lost is one too many.