Heat Hazards

By: KAKE News
By: KAKE News

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These sizzling summer months can be dangerous.

So far this year, Sedgwick County EMS has responded to nearly 30 calls of kids being left in cars.

Luckily, there have been no deaths. But a quick trip into the store can have serious consequences.

KAKE's Jennifer Bochierri and a registered nurse found out just what happens to your body inside a car on a hot summer day.

Before they began, registered nurse Deanne Stevens took Jennifer's starting temperature and pulse.

Jennifer had a pulse of 100 and her temperature was 100.5. The outside temperature is 109.

Once inside the car, the heat sets in fast. Both immediately started sweating. Stevens says, "It's our natural defense to try and cool us down."

But inside the car, their bodies kept heating up. After only 10 minutes, Jennifer's temperature had gone up about a degree and a half. Her pulse was up by 20 beats. The temperature had climbed to 111 degrees.

For an adult it's bad enough. But it's worse for a child.

Stevens says, "Children being smaller just the physical mass being smaller, their metabolism a lot of times tends to be faster and so that child is going to heat up faster than you would."

As the sun beats down, it gets worse. After 20 minutes in the car, the temperature is 115 degrees. Jennifer's temperature is 101.9, and her pulse is at 124. Jennifer and nurse Stevens get out of the car, before heat exhaustion begins to set in.

Stevens says, "We could just get out of the car. These kids, a lot of the kids, they're stuck. The little one's in car seats, small children, you can have some really serious consequences by leaving children in a car.

Parents who leave a child in a locked car can face child neglect charges.


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