CareXpress Urgent Care Providing Summertime Warning
Even during the hot summer, you might be surprised how many parents or caretakers of young children believe that it’s fine to leave children in the car when they pull up to the grocery store or gas station, because it’s just a “quick” minute. Our urgent care staff cautions against leaving children in hot cars for any length of time!
Here why it’s so important to take the extra time and just bring your children with you; every minute you are gone from your car it’s heating up another degree. In the summer heat it takes at little as 30 minutes for your car to basically turn into an oven. Even though the outside temperature may remain the same, the moment you turn off the ignition is when the inside of the car continues to spike in temperature by 10 degrees or more every 10 minutes.
Our urgent care staff found this news article stating that by the end of July in 2016, there were already 21 child deaths due to them being left in hot cars and the 21st one was a young boy from Dallas, Texas. That figure was nearly twice as high as the number of children who died by the end of July in 2015!
It’s a very sad situation to think about, but the risk is all too real. It’s not enough to roll the windows down. Studies show that cracking the windows actually doesn’t do very much for air flow, even on cooler days. While one or two minutes may not mean the difference between life and death, why even consider it?
As it is highly possible for anyone to get caught up in what they are doing (because let’s face it, we all live busy lives) and forget about the children from time-to-time here are two safety tips:
- Leave something in the front seat as a reminder of the child (Example: stuffed animal, diaper bag, etc.)
- Leave something you will need in the backseat, with the children, so that you will be forced to see them when you reach to grab it (Example: cell phone, brief case, purse, etc.)
If these tips provided by our urgent care staff aren’t enough for you to remember that you have a child or children in the backseat, please do whatever is necessary to help yourself take care of your little ones.
As always, on behalf of CareXpress Urgent Care, we wish you a safe and happy summer. Should you need our clinics for any minor injuries or illnesses, please feel free to click here to see our urgent care locations and hours of operation.