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The Dangers of Heat Exhaustion During Summer Months

Posted at 4:50 PM, Jun 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-14 23:01:55-04

EMSA says tragic situations involving children in hot cars become more common this time of year.

Green Country EMTs tell us when it's 90 degrees outside, it takes under an hour for the temperature inside the car to up to 119 degrees.

Officials say it takes about twenty minutes for children under the age of 6 and seniors over the age of 65 to pass out from overheating.

Their advice as we head into higher temperatures for the summer is to never get out of the car without checking the backseat.

Matthew Arroyo, a field operations supervisor with EMSA, tells us, “before you put your car in reverse you always look behind you, as you should when you back out of a spot, so also every time you turn the keys off just take a look in the back seat just to make sure”

Arroyo says they want everyone to remember to re-hydrate on hot days to prevent heat exhaustion.

He says you should drink an average of 20 ounces of water when you are outside on 90 degree weather days, and remind others around you to do the same.

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