Even with a cool stretch of days, health experts remind you to not leave kids in locked cars. The glass in your vehicle acts as a greenhouse, warming temperatures in just a matter of minutes. Even on a 70-degree day, a local expert says your car can warm into the 90’s or more fairly quickly.
John Peipert, the Director of Emergency Services at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Alton, says children’s bodies and ability to cool are not fully developed, so leaving them in a hot car is a threat to their lives.
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He says if you notice a child locked in a hot car, call 9-1-1 and stay there until help arrives.