National Heat Awareness Day 

Summer in South Florida is not for sissies. Until the summer solstice at the end of June, the days grow longer and everything gets very hot during the long sun soaked days, including our cars! 

National Heat Awareness Day is May 24, 2017 and the day serves as an important reminder to all of us tough, resilient Floridians, whom unfortunately are all too accustomed to the tenacious summer heat, about the deadly dangers that accompany the summer in the Sunshine State.

Do you know the leading non-traffic cause of fatalities for children under 14 years old? Vehicular heatstroke. Every nine days, one child dies from a heat-related death from being trapped inside a vehicle. Every nine days. That is an average of 37 children per year. Even on a “cool” day of 66 degrees, a car can become “too hot” as documented by the tragic accident in 2007 that took the life of a nine-month-old infant who suffered from vehicle heatstroke. So how do you prevent this from happening? Don't leave children or animals in vehicles. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, even an outdoor temperature of 60 degrees, can rapidly heat the interior of a vehicle up to 110 degrees. That is more than enough heat to cause stroke in a young child. So how hot do our cars get on a 90-degree day, which is fairly average for South Florida in the spring and summer? The NHTSA says, "the interior temperature of a vehicle in direct sunlight can increase to 131 to 172 degrees Fahrenheit when external temperatures are in the range of 80 to 100 ." 

See below how hot, and how dangerous, a car can quickly become on a typical Florida summer day. 

 

Here’s some tips to keep yourself safe and cool this summer

  • Remote start your car to start the A/C cool down and flow.
  • Tinted windows help keep your car cooler by up to nine degrees!
  • Seat covers not only protect your leather seats, they also protect skin on the back of your legs.

To check out the newest cars to keep you cool this summer at Miami Lakes Automall.

 

 

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Sources:

http://www.pajcic.com/keeping-kids-safe-from-heat-injuries-in-hot-cars-this-summer/
http://www.fidofriendly.com/blog/national-heat-awareness-day-on-may-23-keep-fido-safe
http://www.twotwentyone.net/national-heat-awareness-day/
http://www.kidsandcars.org/how-kids-get-hurt/heat-stroke/
http://www.christopherteh.com/blog/2013/03/car-cool/