Beat the Heat -- Check the Back Seat! Look Before You Lock!

Do you know how fast and how much the inside of a vehicle can warm up under sunshine?

You would be surprised how fast the sun can heat the inside of a car, even if the windows are opened a crack.  Would you believe it can get 30 to 40 degrees warmer inside a vehicle on a sunny day within 15 to 20 minutes?  We conducted an unofficial experiment here at the Milwaukee/Sullivan office in order to see how fast the temperature can rise inside a closed vehicle under full sunshine.  Click here for the results in our Top News Story dated June 7, 2011. 

Please do not leave a child, or pet, in a locked vehicle on a sunny day with the windows opened a crack.  Something bad can happen, such as death.

  • Never Leave a child unattended in a vehicle. Not even for a minute!
  • If you see a child unattended in a hot vehicle, call 9-1-1 immediately!
  • If a child is missing, always check the car first!
  • Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading. Don't overlook sleeping babies.
  • Always lock your car and ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices.
  • If a child is missing, check the car first, including the trunk.
  • Teach your children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.
  • Keep a stuffed animal in the carseat. When the child is put in the seat, place the animal in the front with the driver.
  • Or, place your purse or briefcase in the back seat as a reminder that you have your child in the car.
  • Make "look before you leave" a routine whenever you get out of the car.
  • Ensure your child care provider will call you if your child does not show up for school.

Much of the information on this page is based on research by Mr. Jan Null, Certified Consulting Meteorologist, Adjunct Professor of Meteorology at San Francisco State University, CA, and a 34 year veteran with the National Weather Service. You can find his research and information at Golden Gate Weather Services.

Check out the details near the bottom of this HEAT  page.

Addtional preparedness information can be found here, and here.

A related story about the current dry weather pattern can be found here.

Wisconsin Emergency Managment information and press releases can be found here, and ReadyWisconsin's web site here.

Kapela/Schaar/Collar/Kavinsky, WFO Milwaukee


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