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How Hot the Inside of Your Car Gets at Noon: 134 Degrees

July 31, 2014 | WMFE, Orlando - Authorities are taking advantage of National Heatstroke Prevention Day to remind parents to never leave their children alone in cars.

[The temperature display outside of the Seminole County Public Safety Building reads 99.5 degrees outside the car, and 133 degrees inside the car. Photo: Ernest Duffoo, WMFE]

The Seminole County Fire Department, in partnership with Safe Kids and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, set up a display vehicle outside its public safety building in Sanford to demonstrate how quickly the temperature rises inside a car.

This afternoon a sensor beneath the sedan registered 99.5 degrees.

A sensor behind the headrest of the back seat registered 134.

Lieutenant Paula Thompson is with the Seminole County Public Safety division:

“Yeah, it just a matter of just putting reminders in place, cause it does get hot very quickly, especially here in Florida in vehicles in the summertime, especially moving into the month of August, so, you know the more safety information and reminders that we can put out there, the safer our children will be," Thompson said.

The display also included tips for preventing accidents: such as leaving a phone, purse or briefcase in the back seat to ensure that you always look before you lock your car.

Earlier this week, a woman in Avalon Park forgot her two-month-old infant in a minivan outside a pediatrics clinic.

When she remembered an hour later, the child’s temperature was 101.6 degrees, and she had to be iced down until paramedics arrived.

The mother is facing child neglect charges.

There have been 19 heat-related fatalities of children left in cars across the country this year. Sometimes parents get too caught up in a different routines or changes in schedule to check for something as important as their kids, said Thompson.


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