Health scare of the week
Hot cars deadly for kids
It would take just an hour for young children left in a car on a hot summer day to suffer from heatstroke, a new study found. In that time, the kids’ body temperature would soar to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, which could lead to confusion, rapid breathing, vomiting, seizures, and organ damage. Researchers at Arizona State University came to this grim conclusion after monitoring the temperatures inside six different cars parked in both sunny and shady spots on three separate days. When outdoor temperatures hit at least 95 F, the temperature inside the cars parked in the sun reached an average of 116 F in just 60 minutes. Surface temperatures in the cars, from the seats to the steering wheel, exceeded 120 F, The Washington Post reports. “We’ve all gone back to our cars on hot days and have been barely able to touch the steering wheel,” says researcher Nancy Selover. “Imagine what that would be like to a child trapped in a car seat.” Even when parked in the shade, the cars reached internal temperatures of 100 F, which could be deadly for small children.