Asheriff’s department in Georgia is bringing attention to the dangers of sitting in a hot car with an effective video recently posted on its Facebook page.
The video shows Deputy Robin Regan from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office demonstrating how quickly a person begins to feel the effects of extreme heat.
When Deputy Regan enters the car, the temperature inside is 96.7 degrees. However, it starts rising at such a quick pace that, after seven minutes, his resting heart rate rises to 115, exceeding a person’s normal range of 60–100. The rising heat even prevents the electrical devices in the car from working properly.
“We really want to put this video together to show people, not only how fast it can get so hot in a car, but when they see someone that’s in a car – whether it’s a child, or a pet, or an elderly person, whatever the case may be — we want them to call 911 immediately,” he says.
By the middle of the video, Deputy Regan is sweating profusely and his clothes are soaked. By the end, his heart rate is 151 bpm, an early symptom of heatstroke or body overheating. And when you see what the thermometer reads right before he exits the car, you’ll probably be shocked.
With about 38 children dying every year in the United States from being left in a hot car, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is hoping to educate people on the matter.
“We’ve had several deaths already this year in the United States of children being left in a hot car,” he says. “It’s looking like it’s going to be a hot summer and we don’t want to respond to a call like that where someone passes away in a hot car. It’s tragic when it’s so avoidable.”
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