As the temperatures climb, so do the number of calls emergency crews get for heat-related emergencies. The Rural Metro Fire Department treated five different children Monday after they were left in hot cars.
With the scorching temperatures this week and summer around the corner, firefighters were quick to remind that two minutes in a car is too many. Rescue crews were already gearing up for a busy summer.
"In one case, the mom just ran inside and the kid locked the doors," said Colin Williams with Rural Metro.
The vehicle was a black SUV with a black interior, which didn't help, Williams said.
"Crews estimated when they opened the door it was well over 110, 120 degrees in there," Williams said.
He said all the children treated Monday were going to be fine. But not all stories end that way.
"Your body loses its ability to compensate, you stop sweating, your level of consciousness starts to be altered, you become confused and you lose consciousness," said Amy Evans with Southwest Ambulance.
Just to show how quickly a car's temperature can climb, CBS 5 News stuck a thermometer in a refrigerator and then in a black SUV sitting in the sun. In about 10 minutes, the thermometer went from 60 degrees to 120 degrees.
"No person can sustain that for more than, I would say, two to four minutes," Evans said.
Williams said keeping a hide-a-key either in your purse or under the car could be a big help. Many child welfare organizations also recommend keeping a teddy bear in the front passenger seat whenever your child is in the back as a reminder. But nothing replaces constant supervision.
"People should recognize how hot it is and make every effort they can to prevent it from happening," Williams said.
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