|(Courtesy of metafilter)|
Consider the chart below which illustrates how quickly the interior of a car can heat up.
Even on a relatively mild 70 degree day, the temperature inside a car reaches 89 degrees in just ten minutes.
Tissue and organ injury begin at an internal body temperature of only 104 degrees. In the 85 degree temperatures we've had this month, that's the temperature inside the car 10 minutes after you've locked it and run into the store for a quick errand. Why take a chance you choose the "wrong" check out lane with the new cashier and a customer in front of you with unpriced items and 28 coupons?
And if you think cracking the windows makes a difference, think again. Related tests with single and multiple windows left open to varying degrees revealed little difference in the speed of the temperature rise or the ultimate temperature reached.
If you love them, leave them home or take them in with you.
|Elapsed time||Outside Air Temperature (F)|
|> 1 hour||115||120||125||130||135||140|