Threat of paediatric hyperthermia in an enclosed vehicle: a year-round study

This article examines temperature change in an enclosed vehicle throughout the day in Austin, Texas. For one day each month in 2012, vehicular temperature was measured with a digital temperature sensor. A National Weather Service station predicted 30-year normal data and the NWS heat index and hazard levels provided a guideline for the research. Among the findings were a vehicular temperature of ≥90°F (an "extreme caution" level) in all 12 months, with the temperature rising to the "danger" level of ≥105°F in December and January. The authors conclude that the threat of pediatric hyperthermia, leading to disability or death, exists in states with mild winter temperatures. They suggest that prevention efforts should focus on awareness of a childhood heat vulnerability, parental perception of susceptibility to forgetting a child in a vehicle and universal availability of vehicular safety device.


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  • Accession Number: 01538555
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 14 2014 3:36PM