Warn­ing is­sued about dan­gers of hot cars

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.”

To keep up to date about stay­ing safe this sum­mer, fol­low South Cen­tral Am­bu­lance Ser­vice at @scas999.

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