As temperatures rise, it’s important to keep in mind how quickly vehicles can heat up, and how dangerous it can be for children left inside.
Dr. Jennifer Jones, a pediatrician at Baylor Scott and White in Brenham, says on average, about 50 children across the country die each year of vehicular heat stroke. She says, while adults are still at risk, the bodies of children heat much faster than adults in hot conditions.
Dr. Jones reminds the public that closed vehicles quickly absorb heat and can rapidly become a hazard.
Dr. Jones says heat stroke hazards also apply for pets.
If you have a passenger in the backseat, setting items like toys in the front seat can be a great reminder.
To learn more on hot car safety, visit the National Safety Council website at https://training.nsc.org/hot-cars/.