Warning issued about dangers of hot cars
AN AMBULANCE service has warned of the dangers of leaving people or pets in cars during hot weather.
South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) wants to make the public aware of the dangers associated with leaving a child or pet in a car, even if for a very short time. The reasons for this are: The internal temperature in your car will increase rapidly when the vehicle is stopped and there is no or very little ventilation
Small children and pets are very susceptible to the effects of extremes in temperature
If the body temperature of a small child or pet rises without sufficient ventilation then this can cause heatstroke, which is a life endangering condition
Small children and pets can become dehydrated very quickly in warm temperatures
Paramedic and safeguarding lead Tony Heselton said: “Please never leave your children or pets in the car at any time. Even short periods of time with the windows open slightly can cause the temperature in your car to rise to more than 50 degrees celsius in a matter of minutes, which can cause heatstroke, dehydration and even death.
“Take your small children and pets with you even if it’s just to pop in to the shop.”
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