Summertime temps mean danger for kids left in cars

May 2, 2012

With the arrival of summertime heat, you’re reminded to never leave your child or pet in the car alone. Safety officials and medical professionals remind you summertime heat poses a deadly hazard to children or pets left in automobiles. Dr. Phil Barton with the children’s hospital at St. Francis says it doesn’t take 100 degree temperatures outside to pose a danger. He says cars heat up quickly even when the outside temperature is 75 or 80 degrees.

Dr. Barton says a child’s body heats up 3-5 times faster than an adult’s because their internal systems to regulate body temperature are not fully developed.