Hot cars can be deadly in as little as an hour for children as well as pets.
Hot car deaths are an awful experience for everyone.
Temperatures can soar to one-hundred and thirty degrees, even when the outdoor temperature is only in the eighties.
And a phone call that no one wants to receive.
It’s truly something that no one can understand, but we should do everything we can in our power to not have to experience it.
The details of what happened are terrible to begin with.
Unfortunately, the eighteen-month-old baby did not recover, even after being taken to hospital.
So many of us are horrified by how this happened.
Apparently, Martin and Grabowski were hanging out and smoking marijuana while Martin’s daughter was left unattended in a car that was heating up quickly.
According to the press release, Detectives of LHCPD are still continuing an investigation into this incident.
According to Jan Null, an adjunct professor of meteorology at San Jose State University, the requirement for children to be seated in the back seat following juvenile airbag deaths coincided with the peak in hot car deaths.
Children are more easily forgotten in the back seat.
The organization, noheatstroke.org, has been keeping records of hot vehicle deaths and raising awareness of the issue.
The eight hundredth child to die was a 4-year-old boy in St. Paul, Minnesota, who was found dead after he was left alone for hours in a hot SUV while his father was at work.
It’s being predicted that dozens of children may die in hot cars by the end of this summer.
All of these deaths could have been prevented.
Sadly, many of the parents of these children may have thought that this is something that could not happen to them.
It’s actually a pretty easy mistake to make. If you’re not used to having your child with you and they’re sleeping in the back seat, it would be easy to forget that your child is there at all.
This is why parents are being reminded to make a habit of checking their cars before they leave.
At one-hundred and seven degrees, death can occur.
Children are also very vulnerable because they cannot escape a hot car.
In the summer, routines are changed, which studies of this phenomenon point to for being a contributing factor in forgetting children in cars.
Forgetting a child in a car can happen to anyone, really.
According to Dr. David Diamond, a professor of psychology at the University of South Florida, what happens in all of these cases is that the parent goes into autopilot mode, which is typically from home, to work.
The issue is that they did not stop at daycare on the way, but “the brain creates false memory the child was at daycare,” Diamond said.
“If the child isn’t in the car, that child must be where the child belongs, and the parents go to work with absolute certainty the child is safe.”
At that point, though, the situation is already, sadly, fatal.
Even if you think that you, as a parent, are on your A-game, always remain vigilant.
Always check the back seat of your car to make sure that your child will be safe.
Back seat mirrors can also be helpful.
Pets are often left in cars with just a cracked window and a hot vehicle can be extremely dangerous for them, too.
This should be something that we do as often as we check our phones.