You’ve probably read about it, talked about it, or seen news coverage on the topic over the last few weeks. People all around the country are getting fed up with adults leaving their children and animals in hot cars.

The other night after work, I wanted to experience how it feels to be trapped in a hot car. I got off work at 7:30 pm, and my Honda had been sitting in the sun the entire day. 

The picture from this post was taken about 1 minute into this experience, and by this time I was already quite uncomfortable. The car was so dang hot inside. I couldn’t imagine staying in that car for more than a few minutes.

What happened in my hot car 

Within two minutes, I was dripping sweat down my cheeks, neck, and back.

Three minutes in and I began to get very angry, thinking about children and animals being stuck in hot cars. I mean VERY angry.

Four minutes passed and I honestly started to feel like I was going to pass out. This was only after four minutes! I wanted to hold out as long as I safely could, but my limit was quickly approaching.

Five minutes in and I couldn’t take it anymore. I rolled the windows down, turned the air conditioner on, and ended the experience. I felt sick, uneasy, angry, and weak.

I could take more than 5 minutes

Now think about that. I’m a 35-year-old adult male, and I couldn’t take more than 5 minutes in a hot car with the windows rolled up. Imagine how a child or animal must feel being trapped in a situation like this! It really upsets me.

I just read an article on Yahoo that reported 17 children have died from heat stroke in hot cars, this year alone. This is beyond disturbing to me. In fact, it infuriates me. 

I’m hopeful that every single person around the world will consider the importance of this topic and collectively agree to put an end to this madness. We must not allow another child to lose their life because they are being left in a hot car. It has to stop.

Angry customers in Texas broke out the windows of an SUV

A few days ago while I was in a patient’s room, we watched a story on the news about a group of angry customers in Texas who broke out the windows to an SUV that a mother had left her two children in while she went into the hair salon to get her hair done. It was around 100 degrees that day, and these people were not willing to stand by and let these children suffer.

People all around the country are speaking up and saying they will do everything in their power to protect our children and animals from these incredibly dangerous situations. 

I encourage you to keep your eyes open when you are out and about, and if you see children or animals being left unattended in cars, speak up and get them help. You just may save someone’s life.