Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Leaving Children and Dogs in Cars is not a good thing

by Bruce Simmons
 
How do I explain this, while the horror of the attacehd story confounds me.  Mother Charged with Homicide
 
Leaving anyone in a car in the sun is a bad call.  No matter how desperate you are, there are always better options.  A car is an incubator.  88 degrees may not feel too bad to you standing outside, but in an air stifled automobile, that temperature gets much much higher.
 
On a 78 degree day, windows up, temperatures in a car parked in the shade can exceed 90 degrees -- and hit a scorching 160 degrees if parked in the sun!  Heatstroke and suffocation are the results.  Do you want to take that chance to not be inconvenienced?
 
Leaving a car running with the AC on isn't the best option either, as this can overheat an engine, and the car may shut down the AC compressor at that point!!  (Paw Rescue.org)
 
Texas ranks at the top of Hot Car Deaths, accounting for 12% of the national fatalities.
 
The Boston Globe has a sad tale, as this terrible statistic is on the rise.
 
And CNN reports there are devices that can help prevent these scenario's, but very few sell.. for now.
 
Pass the word folks.  We, as a people, need to make sure our friends and neighbors are aware.
 

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Hi - sorry for the confirmation but I need to weed out the noise from the well intended comments. Thanks for leaving a note... - Bruce