Did You Know Hot Cars Are Dangerous?
Hot cars are dangerous for everyone. However, children, the elderly, and animals are especially vulnerable to heatstroke. Read on as we discuss heat dangers and why hot cars are dangerous. We will also provide tips to keep your loved ones and your pets safe this summer.
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Prevent Heatstroke in Adults and Children
Age contributes to a person’s risk of developing heatstroke. According to the Mayo Clinic:
- Your ability to cope with extreme heat depends on the strength of your central nervous system. In the very young, the central nervous system is not fully developed, and in adults over 65, the central nervous system begins to deteriorate, which makes your body less able to cope with changes in body temperature. Both age groups usually have difficulty remaining hydrated, which also increases risk.
Heatstroke in Adults
Older individuals are susceptible to heatstroke for many reasons. Hot cars are especially dangerous because of how quickly they heat up. Are you older? Do you have an elderly family member? If so, you need to be aware of factors that can contribute to heat vulnerability. According to the National Institutes of Health, those factors include:
- Age-related changes to the skin such as poor blood circulation and inefficient sweat glands
- Heart, lung, and kidney diseases, as well as any illness that causes general weakness or fever
- High blood pressure or other conditions that require changes in diet, such as salt-restricted diets
- Reduced sweating, caused by medications such as diuretics, sedatives, tranquilizers, and certain heart and blood pressure drugs
- Taking several drugs for various conditions
- Being substantially overweight or underweight
- Drinking alcoholic beverages
- Being dehydrated
Save a Life
If you are in a vehicle and suspect that someone is suffering from heatstroke, you should take the following steps provided by the National Institutes of Health:
- Call 911.
- Get the person out of the heat and into a shady, air-conditioned or other cool place.
- If the person can swallow safely, offer fluids such as water and fruit or vegetable juices. Do not offer alcohol or caffeine.
- Apply a cold, wet cloth to the wrists, neck, armpits, and groin.
- Encourage the person to shower, bathe, or sponge off with cool water if it is safe to do so.
Pediatric Vehicle Heatstroke
Hot cars are dangerous for children and can cause pediatric vehicle heatstroke. Pediatric vehicular heatstroke occurs when a child’s body overheats in a vehicle. Tragically, 892 children have died due to pediatric vehicular heatstroke since 1998. This year, 9 children have already died in the U.S. due to pediatric vehicle heatstroke.
Nevada Revised Statute 202.485(1)
In Nevada, it is illegal to leave a child unattended in a motor vehicle. Nevada Revised Statute 202.485(1) provides the following:
- A parent, legal guardian or other person responsible for a child who is 7 years of age or younger shall not knowingly and intentionally leave that child in a motor vehicle if:
(a) The conditions present a significant risk to the health and safety of the child; or
(b) The engine of the motor vehicle is running or the keys to the vehicle are in the ignition,
unless the child is being supervised by and within the sight of a person who is at least 12 years of age.
Nevada Revised Statute 202.485(3)
In Nevada, a person may rescue a child from a motor vehicle. Nevada Revised Statute 202.485(3) provides the following:
- A law enforcement officer or other person rendering emergency services who reasonably believes that a violation of this section has occurred may, without incurring civil liability, use any reasonable means necessary to protect the child and to remove the child from the motor vehicle.
Save a Life
If you see a child alone in a car and are concerned, immediately call 911.
If the child is not responsive or is in danger, immediately:
- Call 911.
- Get the child out of the car.
- Spray the child with cool water.
Your action can help save a life.
Keep Animals Out of Hot Cars
Hot cars are dangerous for everyone, including animals. This month, a Vegas woman was arrested after locking her dog in a hot car for the second time. She is facing animal cruelty charges.
The woman reportedly left her dog inside an SUV with the windows locked up while it was 111 degrees outside. Officers claim that her small white dog was inside the vehicle and was panting heavily and in need of water. According to reports, officers broke the front passenger window of the vehicle and rescued the dog.
Save a Life
If you see an animal in a hot car and are concerned, act quickly. You can save a life by doing the following:
- Make a note of the vehicle make and license plate number.
- If you are parked in front of a business, request that the business make an announcement to notify the owner.
- If the owner cannot be found quickly, contact the police. Remain by the vehicle until help arrives.
EXPERIENCED LAS VEGAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
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