S’mores melt quickly in car, demonstrating rising heat – and danger to kids

Hot car demonstration on Thursday (WNCN)


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – As the hot days of summer approach, Wake County officials staged a dramatic demonstration to show how hot a car can get – and how deadly that can be if children are left inside.

Around 11 a.m. Thursday, organizers put a platter of s’mores in the car. Within minutes, the chocolate and marshmallow started melting.

The event organizer, Suzanne Ledoyen, said she’s happy it wasn’t quite as hot out Thursday as some previous days because it helps prove the  point of how quickly the inside of a car can overheat.

“Many of these fatalities that we’ve had have happened on a very low, a temperature day like a 70 degree day,” said Ledoyen, the public health educator for Wake County Human Services. “Even with the windows cracked, in the shade, this can happen on a 70 degree day. The car’s internal temperature can heat up very rapidly.”

Ledoyen says in more than half of these cases a parent or caretaker forgets the child is in the car. That happened recently in Wilmington, when a mother left her infant in a car May 25 at a daycare. The 8-month-old child was later found dead.

Ledoyen suggests setting some kind of reminder, or even putting your shoe in the backseat with the child, to help you remember.

Ledoyen says in more than half of these cases a parent or caretaker forgets the child is in the car.

She suggests setting some kind of reminder, or even putting your shoe in the backseat with the child, to help you remember.

A sign at the event  recalled 11 case where a child in the United States died from heat stroke.

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