Dangers of cars in the summer on a hot, sunny day

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FARMERSBURG, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – As summer continues, some are excited the temperatures are rising. But the number one weather killer across the country is heat. We have some tips on how to continue to stay safe during the hot months.

Summer may be the season some people look forward to year-round. But with the change of the season, comes many dangers with the hot temperatures.

Even when air temperatures in the shade are in the 70s, temperatures in a car can rise up to 112 degrees after just one hour in the direct sunlight. When temperatures are in the 80s, they can rise more than 40 degrees after one hour. And when temperatures are in the 90s, they can rise passed the 130-degree mark over the same time frame. Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Sergeant Matt Ames has a few things to remember in these situations.

“Just put something back there to remind you ‘hey I gotta reach around’ whether or not you have the child seat there with you, place that item where the child seat would be, and then that way you’re checking every single time.” Sgt. Matt Ames says.

We need to remember pets, other adults, elders, but it’s very important to remember children in these situations just due to how much faster their body temperatures rise.

“Typically, a child’s body core temperature raises three to five times faster than that of an adult.” Ames says.

We measure the temperature in the shade but, when you’re in the direct sun, it can be a lot hotter, versus when you are in the shade. We’re going to put this thermometer in a car to show just how much the temperature can rise in a closed car.

“The temperature has raised 30 degrees in just 30 minutes. That can be the difference between life and death. So please, put your vehicle in park, make sure you look, and then make sure you lock it afterwards.” Ames says.

As you can see, over the last 10 years and even over the last 30 years heat is easily the biggest weather killer in the united states.

“A lot of simple texts can resolve the issue of kids being left in hot cars.” Ames says.

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