Temperatures Inside Cars Get Deadly Within Minutes - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/4/05

Temperatures Inside Cars Get Deadly Within Minutes

Police believe 1-year-old Josef Duemer was inside his mother's car for at least nine hours Wednesday, August 3rd, before he died. They don't know exactly when he died, but doctors say within minutes the intense heat could've killed him. Even after the sun sets, it can still get extremely hot inside a car.

NewsChannel 11 conducted an experiment; 30 minutes before our 10 p.m. newscast on August 4th, when the outside temperature was 78 degrees, we put a thermometer inside the car. By 10 p.m. it read nearly 90 degrees.

When the outside temperature is as cool as 75 degrees, and you factor in the sun, it can take only ten minutes for the temperature inside the car to reach 100.Within 30 minutes it reaches 120 degrees. You can experience heat exhaustion within minutes when the outside temperature is 90 degrees, and at 105 degrees you can experience heat stroke. Lubbock EMS responders say children are even more at risk.

EMS responder, Andrew Ochoa said, "Children are more prone to heat exhaustion and heat stroke because the smaller body surface they have. Of course, infants and young children don't have the sweat glands adults have so they can suffer heat exhaustion and heat stroke a lot quicker than adults can."

NewsChannel 11 did a similar experience earlier in the day.At 5:30 p.m. we put two thermometers in two cars, one in the shade and one in the sun. By six o'clock both thermometers were maxed out at 120 degrees.

The "Look Before You Leave" campaign has visual reminders for you to place in your car, that way you'll be sure to check for your child before you leave the car. (You can visit the site and print out your own by clicking here.) You will need Acrobat to open the site.

Signs of heat exhaustion include dizziness, cramping and headache. If you or someone else starts to experience heat exhaustion, Ochoa said get to a cool place and use cool washcloths near the armpits and groin areas.

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