FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Hot temperatures and high humidity return to Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio for the next few days.
Don't leave your kids or pets inside cars during this period because it's going to get hot really quick when it's 90+ degrees outside.
Within 10 minutes, the temperature inside the car will be near 109 degrees.
After 20 minutes, it's going to heat up to 119 degrees.
In half an hour, the hot car temperature will be near 124 degrees.
After an hour, temperatures inside hot cars top 130 degrees.
A car can overheat even if the windows have been cracked.
In 2019, we saw 52 children die inside hot cars.
The year before set a record with 53 children passing away inside hot cars.
A 4-year-old boy from Texas was the first heat-related fatality in 2020.
That happened in April.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the majority of hot car deaths happen because someone forgets a child in the car.
Here are some of their tips on preventing hot car deaths.
Let's not forget about pets.
Since 2019, 57 pets have died from being left inside hot cars, according to PETA.
That only includes incidents that have been reported to them.
If you see a child or a pet inside a hot car, your first step should be to call 911.
In Indiana, anyone can rescue a distressed animal inside a hot car.
You can find more information about this law here.