TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) It’s called a hot car challenge. People sit in hot cars then record themselves and put it on YouTube.
It’s supposed to raise awareness about leaving children and pets in a hot car.
However by doing these challenges, people forget that it can harm them as well. Sitting in a hot car can have effects on people of all ages and it’s more than just sweat.
Overheating can cause nausea, seizures, delirium and kidney damage and the effects sink in even quicker for a child….
“A parent’s got to do what a parent’s got to do,” says Emergency Room Physician Kennen Thompson. “But the reality is cars can heat up awful fast. It’s not quite an oven but it’s pretty close and if the window’s not down and the air conditioning is not running, then it’s just a steel chamber. So it’s going to radiate and generate heat. And relatively fast.”