This Sheriff Shows Us Why You Should Never Leave a Child in a Hot Car

posted: 06/30/15
by: TLCme

Yesterday, I "volunteered" to sit in a HOT patrol car to demonstrate why NOT to leave children, pets, or anyone unattended in a hot parked car. Many of you may have seen the video from WSB-TV (link below), here is a more in depth behind the scenes video from that demonstration. http://bcove.me/7vsk6224

Posted by Forsyth County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, June 18, 2015

You might think it's not so bad to leave your pet or your kid in the car for a few minutes while you run an errand, but this video from the Forsyth County Sherriff's Office will definitely change your mind. Deputy Robin Regan spent 25 minutes in a hot car as the temperature climbed to more than 125 degrees, with the aim of proving to viewers that even a few minutes inside a sweltering vehicle can have a profound effect on your health.

After just 7 minutes, Regan's heart rate had doubled to 151 BPMs. He began sweating profusely, and several of the cameras he'd planted around the car and on his dashboard actually overheated and stopped working. After 15 minutes, he started feeling nauseous and "not quite right." Finally, after 25 minutes, and dashboard temperatures of 177 degrees, Regan realized he'd started having heatstroke and got out of the car.

"I spent the rest of the day re-hydrating, had a headache, and felt a little sluggish. Definitely would be worse for a young child or elderly person, especially for much longer than the brief time I was in there!" he wrote on the department's Facebook page.

So far, the campaign's had more than 3 million views, but if it stops at least one person from leaving a child or a pet in the car, then it'll have done its job.