Would you survive a hot car?
Children are often left in cars by adults but you might think twice after watching this.
While in South Africa we're bundling up our little ones and making sure they have socks on, in the Northern Hemisphere it's the middle of summer. And with Kansas City reaching up to 37 degrees this week, leaving your child in the car for even 10 minutes is the worst idea.
So when store manager, Sarah Oropeza saw a 2-year-old girl sweating in the sweltering car she worried for the girl's life and smashed the window open with a tire iron. The footage was captured and uploaded to Facebook by Kristy Scales.
The child's aunt and uncle were reportedly shopping for a cellphone in the nearby strip mall and according to Miss Oropeza “the only question that they had for the police is if insurance was going to cover the window that we broke,” she said.
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Many parents and guardians think "I'm quickly going to run into the shop to get something. I'll be quick, they'll be okay". But even 10 minutes in a hot car with the windows closed is too long as this video experiment by Kars4Kids shows. They offered passers by $100 to see if they could survive sitting in a car for just 10 minutes and they don't last very long at all.
According to reports the couple had allegedly forgot the child in the car. And this is not the first report of adults forgetting a child in the car. Although personally I can't ever fathom forgetting that my child is in the car but humans are fallible I suppose. And in this technology driven world there's obviously an app for that. From the Kars4Kids safety app website: "No parent thinks, "This can happen to me." But as too many have learned, the hard way, it can. It may be a change in routine or a sleep-deprived and overloaded memory. Even the most conscientious and loving parent can forget a child out of sight in the back of the car, with a potentially fatal outcome. The Kars 4 Kids Safety app is designed to alert drivers when they leave their cars to remember there is a baby in the backseat. So you can drive with peace of mind knowing we’ve got your back."
Have you ever left your children in the car?