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.