Vehicular heatstroke risk heightens as temperatures rise
With hot temperatures in the forecast in the coming days and weeks, AAA East Central advises parents, caregivers, and pet owners to be especially vigilant about keeping children and pets safe from vehicular heatstroke. Sunshine streaming through car windows turns the vehicle into an oven, and lowering the windows slightly is ineffective at keeping the temperature low. In fact, even with temperatures as low as 57 degrees, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach 125 degrees in minutes.
“Heatstroke is a problem that children face in particular because their bodies are more sensitive to rising temperatures,” says Theresa Podguski, director of legislative affairs, AAA East Central. “Children and pets need our attention to keep them safe from these completely avoidable tragedies.”