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Good Question: How long does it take for the temperature in your car to become dangerous?


The heat is on and we all know how hot our cars can become.

Just this year SafeKids.org says nine children have died as a result of being left in a car.

Good Question: How long does it take for the temperature in your car to become dangerous?

The summer sun can be sweltering and the inside of you car can be a death trap in the heat.

Just last summer 2-year-old April Knight died after being accidentally left inside a car on North Upper Street in Lexington.

The temperature on that June day was 90 degrees.

Police say April had been in the car for two hours before being found.

"You never want your kids to be in a hot car left alone, not even for a minute," said Sherri Hannan, the Coordinator for Safe Kids Fayette County.

Hannan says children are more at risk when its hot.

"Just five minutes or less a child can be seriously injured from heat, just thinking that you can run into the store real quick get a gallon of milk and get checked out is too long," said Hannan.

We wanted to know just how quick the temperature can rise in a parked car on a hot day.

We had Hannan place a thermometer inside a mini van.

In just five minutes on a day that it was 86 degrees outside, the inside temperature rose nearly 10 degrees to 113..

Hannan recommends starting a new habit that might save a life.

"Put your briefcase if you are a man, your purse if you are a mom, sit it someplace you would have to see the car seat when you get out."

On average SafeKids.org says 37 children die in hot cars.

As for the death of April Knight, police determined it was just a horrible accident.

http://www.ukhealthcare.uky.edu/KCH/safekids/index.asp


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