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Summer Car Safety

July 2015

Even if the windows are open, staying inside a hot car for even a few minutes can make you feel very sick. This is caused by heat stroke. Heat stroke can happen once your body temperature reaches 104o C. Because your body is much smaller than your parents, your body temperature can rise three to five times faster than theirs. It only takes a few minutes for your body temperature to reach a level that can be really harmful.

Heat stroke is dangerous and can make you feel:

  • dizzy
  • tired or weak
  • confused
  • very sweaty, or
  • make your heart rate very fast.

Safety Tips:

  1. Always get out of the car with your mom and dad when they stop.

  2. Never play inside your mom and dad's car, whether they’re parked at home or away. You could accidentally lock yourself in or not realize how hot it’s getting.

  3. Drink lots of water. Even if you’re not in the car, drinking water helps keep you hydrated and will help make sure you feel great!

  4. If you feel any of the symptoms of heat stroke listed above, make sure to tell your parents right away.