Heat a danger to infants left in hot cars

by Cornelius Nunev

Every year, numerous people, mostly unknowingly, leave their children inside their cars to perish as the summer sun increases the temperature in the automobile. Regrettably, one of the side effects of a scorching summer has been numerous children left in hot cars, many of which sadly perished.

Danger of heat from automobiles

One four month old girl, Chloe, perished on Saturday, July 7 after being left in an automobile by her 18-year old father, Joshua Stryzinsky. He put her in a one piece outfit to keep her cool and forgot she was in her car seat. She ended up with 3rd degree burns on her exposed arms and legs and passed away shortly after. Stryzinsky left her in the car and realized it when he went to choose up the girl's mother from work. He is facing charges of neglect for leaving her there, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Stryzinsky and the girl's mother are both really good individuals, and he is not a delinquent or narcotic addict. He is not alone either.

Almost always on incident

Most who experience this tragedy are not dangerous parents. Safe Kids estimates parents didn't know their kid was in the car in 52 percent of occurrences. In a further 30 percent of such instances, the child crawled into the car without the parents' knowledge. Only in 17 percent of cases did the mothers and fathers do so knowingly.

According to ABC Houston, there are incidents like these all the time. There was one where a male did not remember his eight-month-old in the back seat because he did not remember he was in charge of daycare for the day because normally he was not in the car. An incident just like that happened in Texas too. There was one incident in Texas where Donna of Houston lost a grandson in 2008 because she did not remember to drop him off at daycare due to not remembering. A lot of times, people just forget that they have the additional responsibility.

One columnist at the Washington Post, Gene Weingarten, spoke about the incidents in 2010. He said that one woman in Florida, Karen Murphy, lost a two year old son because he was left in the car by accident. Weingarten even admits that he is almost as guilty as many other parents. He said that he left his two year old daughter in the car almost because he was not used to dropping her off at daycare. Fortunately, she spoke up as he was parking and he took her to daycare before anything bad could occur.

Hot metal increases temperature

Temperatures rise faster than you would expect on all accounts. A child's temperature increases three to five times faster than an adult's, and the inside of a vehicle can hit 99 degrees Fahrenheit in 10 minutes when it is 80 degrees outside, according to the Daily Mail. On a 66-degree day, the car's temperature can get over 100.

According to ABC Houston, 38 children die annually typically due to heat stroke after being left in a car. Safe Kids Worldwide, according to the Indianapolis Star, counts 550 deaths since 1998. The organization estimates 51 deaths in 2010 and 33 in 2011. Five had perished this year as of June 19, 2012, according to the Daily Mail. According to NBC-2, an NBC affiliate in Fort Myers, Fla., Texas leads the nation in the number of instances, followed by Florida.

Weingarten's column explained that authorities are not typically very nice in 60 percent of cases that are not accidents. About 40 percent of cases are considered accidents when the child dies, according to safety advocacy group Children and Vehicles.

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