How Heat Stroke Can Happen to Anyone

How Heat Stroke Can Happen to Anyone

The silent killer known as heat stroke could be lurking in any vehicle, almost anywhere, just waiting for an unsuspecting individual to make the mistake of leaving either themselves or others at risk by remaining in the car. While vehicle related heat stroke is most common in children, people of all ages are at great risk from vehicular heat stroke. Just last year, an otherwise healthy man died of heat stroke while taking a ‘quick nap’ in his car.

People Have a Hard Time Believing the Level of Danger Present

If you aren’t familiar with the study-based statistics on how quickly a vehicle heats up once unattended, they can be a little bit difficult to believe. People commonly look at these rates, temperatures, and other stats and think, ‘There’s no way it rises that quickly in my car’.
Most cases of vehicle related heat stroke are the result of someone forgetting a passenger is in the car when they park and exit the vehicle. But about a third of vehicular heat stroke cases resulting in death, occur due to people not taking heat stroke as seriously as they should. Most people think that it will be okay to leave a person or animal in their vehicle for just a few minutes at a time; such as when running into a store or making a quick stop at work. This is particularly common when the outside temperature is ambient and mild.

The Hard Facts of How Temperature Rise Occurs Inside Your Vehicle

Regardless of how difficult they are to believe, the following are the hard facts concerning the rise of temperature inside of your vehicle. All of these facts are backed by multiple studies on the subject that have been accepted as being conclusive.

  • Auto-related heat stroke can happen in outdoor temperatures as low as the fifties.
  • Cracking your windows up to 8 inches does not make a significant difference in the rate at which a vehicle becomes uninhabitably hot.
  • The color of your vehicle or interior do not have a significant effect on the rate of increase in temp either.
  • When the temperature outside is 70 degrees, your vehicles internal temperature rises roughly 19 degrees within the first 10 minutes of being parked; making it 89 inside. Add another 10 minutes and the temperature will reach roughly 99 degrees.
  • After the first 20 minutes that your vehicle is unattended, the temperature continues to rise at a rate of roughly 3-4 degrees per 5 minute interval.
  • It doesn’t really matter if you park in the shade. Parking in direct sun will increase the rate at which your vehicle heats up during that first twenty minutes, but parking in the shade will not decrease the overall temperature reached inside of your vehicle over an hour.

Monitoring the Temperature That Your Passengers Are Exposed to

We designed Vesta to monitor CO2 and internal temperature of a vehicle and assess when a passenger may be in danger of heat stress, cramps, exhaustion, or stroke. The long-term effects of these heat induced illnesses can be dire, particularly if they go untreated. That’s why designed this solar powered and GPS enabled device to help you ensure the safety of your passengers.
Everyone could use an extra helping hand- or device as the case may be- when it comes to safety and security. Knowing that Vesta could potentially alert you to a life-threatening situation will put your mind at ease. You’ll travel more comfortably and confidently knowing that Vesta is in your vehicle