Extreme heat inside cars can be dangerous, even fatal
Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 10:40 AM -
Extreme heat continues across much of Ontario and southern Quebec, leaving residents staying close to pools, beaches and air conditioners.
Temperatures have been topping the 30 degree mark in many places, feeling closer to 40 when you factor in the humidity.
That was hot enough for The Weather Network's Emily Vukovic to conduct her own cookie baking experiment inside her car on Tuesday.
Here is a pic of the cookies I baked in my car! pic.twitter.com/ey5BVeAZCl— Emily Vukovic (@EmilyTWN) July 17, 2013
It may seem like common sense, but if it's hot enough to bake cookies in a car, it's definitely too hot for any living being to spend an extended period of time inside.
The temperature in a parked car, even in the shade with the windows partly open, can rapidly reach a level that will seriously harm or even kill anyone side.
"When temperatures are around 30 degrees on the outside, it could be closer to 50, even 60 degrees on the inside of a car," says The Weather Network's Kasia Bodurka.
She was at the Vaughan Mills shopping mall on Tuesday, where security officials have been monitoring visitors.
"We're greeting our customers when they enter the parking lot and we're asking them do they have any pets with them today. If the answer is "no," we thank them and they go on their way, if the answer is "yes," we monitor where they are and where they're going in the parking lot," Stephen Gascoine, General Manager at Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre told The Weather Network.
The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) says people are not heeding warnings about leaving dogs alone in vehicles in the sizzling heat. SPCA inspector Kevin Strooband says he's getting a call every day, despite more public awareness on the dangers of leaving dogs alone.
At Vaughan Mills, if an animal is left in the car for more than five minutes, security will call 911.
"The car gets hot very, very quickly, so for the safety of the animals, I think it's good," said one Vaughan Mills customer on Tuesday.
Others however, find the security check alarming.
"I think it's a little bit sad that they have to remind everybody to do it. It's good that they're reminding people, but I feel like they shouldn't have to, people should already know."
So far this summer, there have been several accounts of young children being left in hot cars across the country and some have even resulted in death.
"No living being should be left unattended in a vehicle under these conditions and police are urging you to call 911 if you see that a child or a pet has been left in a vehicle," adds Bodurka.