Six children have died this year in the U.S. from being left in hot cars.
With summer in the northern hemisphere arriving soon it is important to recognize the dangers of leaving a child, elderly adult, or pet in an overheated parked car. According to researchers, if the car is parked in the sun, interior temperature can reach 116 degrees F (46.6 C) and the dashboard can reach 165 degrees F (73.8 C) in one hour. This is enough time for a young child to suffer fatal hyperthermia. (See a diagram of car temperatures.)
PositiveTip: Never leave a helpless person or pet trapped in an unattended vehicle in the sun.
As I write it is unusually hot and humid--and summer has only just begun! One week ago our area was surprised by a violent thunderstorm that downed many trees and cause well over 400,000 in our county to go without power for a few hours to almost one week. As temperatures remained very high, the county set up cooling centers for those who had lost power or had no air conditioning.
Would you be able to recognize the symptoms of heat-related illnesses? Heat problems can strike anyone, but those most vulnerable are young children and the elderly.
Here are five things you can do to survive a summer heat wave if you do not have air conditioning--or if it is hot and the power goes off for an extended period: