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Beat The Heat Check The Back Seat

With the dog days of Summer looming it's important to check the back before leaving the car.
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — According to injuryfacts.org on average 39 children under the age of 15 die as a result of heat stroke after being left in a car each year. 2019 and 2018 saw the highest number of deaths on record since 1999. 2019 saw 52 deaths and 2018 saw 53 deaths. 

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849 cases were studied between 1998 and 2019 and found that the most common reason is simply forgetting:

    - 54.2% - Forgotten by caregiver (460 children)
- 25.2% - Gained Access on their own (214)
- 19.1% - Knowingly left by caregiver (162)
    - 1.5 % - Unknown (13)  

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So far 2020 has seen 15 child hot car deaths. The temperature can rise in a car quickly as the temperature outside rises. Below are a few examples of the car temperature verse the outside air temperature. 

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With an air temperature of 85° a car is already above 100° after 10 minutes. After 30 minutes the inside of the car is nearly 120°.

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With an air temperature of 90° a car is almost 110° after 10 minutes. After 30 minutes the inside of the car is nearly 125°. After an hour the inside car temp is 133°. 

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With an air temperature of 95° a car is 115° after 10 minutes. After 30 minutes the inside of the car is nearly 130°.

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Not that one should leave a child in the car even with the window cracked, but a cracked window does make a significant difference in the car temperature. With an air temperature of 92° the inside of a car is 115° with a closed window, but around 109° with a cracked window. Obviously 109° is still incredible hot.

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The above chart shows that even with an air temperature of 75° the car eventually surpasses the 100°. This conveys the simple message of checking the backseat before leaving your car. 

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