It’s summer, and that can only mean one thing. It’s going to be uncomfortably hot all the time. With this rise in temperature, it’s always important to be safe with your family.
Sure, it may be hard to believe, but children can easily be left behind in the car. Parents can be distracted, rushing, multi-tasking or have a change in routine. This is especially true during the summer months when kids are out of school and may have a different caretaker or driver.
There are too many stories on the news of children or beloved pets being locked in a car, and overheating – even to the point of death. Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen. Here are a few helpful things to remember this summer.
Myths About Hot Cars
First off, let’s take a look at a few myths and misconceptions that people might with regards to cars and heat.
Cracking A Window
This idea is used for pets more than it is for children. Many people seem to believe that leaving the window cracked for their pet will bring in a breeze to cool them down. However, owners also don’t want the window down too much out of fear their pet will leap from the window or someone will snatch them up.
Sadly, for both children and animals, this is just not true. Children’s body temperatures rise five times faster than adults. And a cracked window won’t do anything for relief.
Cracking the window in a hot car would like trying to drink a large, warm soda when you’re playing sports. It provides relief for a moment, but you are just as hot and thirsty after a few seconds.
Parking In The Shade
Parking in the shade seems like a good idea at the time but can change quickly. One of the outcomes of living on a planet that orbits around the sun is that the sun moves around in the sky. Depending on how long you leave the car in the shade, the sun could change position and beat down on your vehicle.
Leaving The AC On
Sure, the air conditioning unit is heaven sent on hot summer day. But if you think about it, does it really cool you down as much as you think? Additionally, does the air conditioning actually work all that well outside of the driver’s seat or passenger’s seat in the front?
Chances are, they do not, and that can still lead to overheating and heat exhaustion when temperatures climb over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Tips To Follow This Summer
Now that a few myths have been debunked, here are some things you should follow:
- Check the back seat before you leave the vehicle.
- Put something you need to take with you in the backseat, so you are sure to look before you lock the door.
- Do not let your children play near vehicles. They may accidentally lock themselves in.
- If there is a change in plans and someone else is dropping the kids off at their summer activities, ask them to call you at drop off, so you know everyone made it safely.
Have a safe and happy summer!