Wave Editorial 05-27-20
May 27, 2020 | 2694 views | 0 0 comments | 419 419 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Even a Few Minutes is Too Long

The Issue:

Soaring temperatures pose threat to kids and pets in cars

We Suggest:

Don’t leave your precious cargo in a hot vehicle

Mother nature is really turning up the heat this week. The forecast calls for temps in the mid-80s to the lower-90s for at least the next five days with nary a drop of cooling rain in sight. 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 would you? Neither do your kids or your pets.

And leaving a window cracked open 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 for your child or fur kid.

In as little as 10 minutes, with the outside temperature about 91 (our forecasted temp for Friday) the inside of a car can reach 109-114 degrees. In just 30 minutes, that temp can skyrocket to 124 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.

After the coronavirus distancing, no one wants to stay home any more than they have to. But leaving kids and pets home could save their lives.

Please Wasatch County - do not leave your kids - furry or otherwise in a hot car. Even one life lost is too many.
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