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Weekend heat expected to impact car safety

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Published: Jun. 17, 2022 at 9:12 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Temperatures are rising and so should awareness of how to properly deal with the heatwave. One of the more overlooked elements is temperatures in vehicles.

“Even at 85 degrees, the temperature in a vehicle can get up to 100, 115, or 125. So you can imagine if it going to be 100 degrees like it’s forecasted this weekend, you’re looking at deadly within minutes temperatures inside a vehicle, said Emergency Management Director of Adams County, Ron Pughes.

Sometimes people leave kids and pets in vehicles with the mindset of their activity not taking a lot of time. Time is something that isn’t awarded to us when it comes to leaving a vehicle in potential triple-digit heat.

Cars heat up seconds after being turned off and will contract heat from all their parts. This is especially dangerous when traveling with small children and pets.

“The best thing is to leave your pets at home on days like this, don’t even bring them,” said Pughes. “Just leave them in a nice cool area with shade, water, indoors, whatever you can do to protect your pets. your children, keep an eye on them, make sure the air conditioning is on. It’s not safe for them even with just the windows down.”

Pughes explained even with cracked or down windows, poor ventilation won’t prevent your child or pet from overheating due to the outside heat.

He also advised those that are traveling, to plan ahead and attempt to avoid midday hours between noon and 5 p.m.

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