A heatwave is coming – don’t forget your kids in the car
2021-06-23 13:55 PDT
As adults crank their air conditioners to beat the heat, local police are reminding motorists not to leave their kids in parked vehicles.
A motor vehicle is basically a miniature greenhouse and temperatures can skyrocket extremely quickly inside. On an average summer day, the temperature inside a parked car can surpass 38 degrees Celsius in minutes.
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If it gets that hot inside a vehicle on an average summer day, imagine what it must feel like when the forecast calls for temperatures in the high 30s and low 40s, said Constable Crystal Evelyn, Kamloops RCMP spokesperson.
Temperatures that high are extremely dangerous and parking in the shade or cracking the window is just not going to cut it; it’s not worth the risk.
Motorist are encouraged to plan their trips accordingly and if they do need to make a "quick stop", take their child with them.
Heat stroke may occur very quickly and unexpectedly in children, causing symptoms such as dizziness, disorientation, agitation, confusion, sluggishness, seizure, loss of consciousness, and or death.
If you see a child in distress inside a parked vehicle call 9-1-1 immediately. For pets in distress, people can also contact the BC SPCA Call Centre at 1-855-622-7722.
Cst. Crystal EvelynMedia Relations Officer
560 Battle Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 6N4
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