Dangers of heat and hot cars

(WSYR-TV) — The summer heat is in full swing in Central New York and AAA Western and Central New York says drivers should be aware of the heat and the danger of hot cars.

Since 1998, 917 children have died from pediatric vehicle heatstroke and at least ten deaths have already occurred this year in the US Although most of these deaths are unintentional, they are often preventable.

On an average sunny day, the car’s temperature can rise 20 degrees in 10 minutes. AAA says children are at particular risk because their bodies heat up five times faster than adults.

Follow the tips below to make sure no child gets attached to the hazards:

  • Never leave a child unattended, not even for a minute, even if the windows are tinted or rolled down. The same recommendation applies to pets and older adults.
  • Parked cars: Always keep doors and windows closed, even when the car is in a garage or driveway. Make sure keys are safely out of reach so children can’t get into a car unattended.
  • Make sure children leave the car when you arrive at your destination. Make sure no one is inadvertently left behind.
  • When you first place a child in a car seat in the back seat of a car, also place your cell phone, purse, or important belongings there to serve as visual reminders that a child is in the back seat when you get out of the car. automobile.
  • If you see a child alone in a parked car, call 911 immediately for emergency assistance.

Pets and heat:

  • It’s best to leave your pets at home while you run errands on a hot day.
  • Dogs can’t sweat like people, which makes them overheat much faster.
  • Rolling down the window doesn’t do much to keep your pets comfortable.

Cars and heat:

  • Summer heat can negatively affect your car’s batteryeven more than the freezing cold of winter.
  • Car engines work harder in the summer and the cooling system’s job is to protect the engine from overheating. To keep your engine cool, it’s important to keep up with your cooling system maintenance.
  • Driving on flat tires not only affects a car’s handling and braking, it also causes tires to overheat and increases the likelihood of a blowout.
  • Be sure to check all of the fluids in the car, including motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering, and brake fluid to make sure they are filled to the correct levels.
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