- A car parked in direct sunlight on an 72-degree day can reach an internal 119 degrees in an hour.
- There are certain things that you should never leave in a car in the summer, like pets, tech devices, and plastic, due to the risk of damage from heat exposure.
- Here are 10 things you should never leave in your car on a hot summer’s day.
Two things are more likely to happen to your car in the summer than in any other month. First, the summer season sees more car thefts than any other time of year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And when your car is stolen, so is anything of value that you happened to leave inside it.
Second, research conducted by Jan Null of San Francisco State University found that a car parked in direct sunlight on a day with an outside temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit can reach an interior temperature as hot as 119 degrees within an hour. So even if your car isn’t stolen this summer, everything inside could end up baking in the heat and getting damaged if you’re not careful.
To avoid ruining your stuff, you can just remove items at risk of heat damage from your car. Which items fall under that category? Quite a few, as it turns out. Here are 10 things you should never leave in your car on a hot day.
1. People and pets
Even on a day with cooler temperatures, children and pets in cars are still at risk, as the temperatures inside a parked car can still spike to life-threatening levels, according to a 2005 study by the Stanford University School of Medicine. „There are cases of children dying on days as cool as 70 degrees Fahrenheit,“ lead author Catherine McLaren, MD, clinical instructor of emergency medicine told Stanford Medicine.
Even if you’re running into a store for a single item or even just to drop off a pre-stamped letter at the post office, if something unexpected comes up and prolongs your task, you just put the living thing left behind at grave risk.
Extreme heat can reduce the efficacy of certain medicines, Dr. Sarah Westberg, PharmD, an associate dean at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, told NPR.
„Pharmaceutical manufacturers recommend most of their products be stored at a controlled room temperature of 68 to 77 degrees,“ Dr. Skye McKennon, PharmD, told the New York Times.
When you get out of your car, you’re better off taking your medications with you than leaving them.
3. Plastic water bottles and food containers
If you leave plastic food or drink containers in a sweltering car, you could end up ingesting something harmful. Plastics can leach various potentially dangerous substances into their contents, including BPA, which may alter hormones over time and potentially increase risk for certain endocrine disorders.
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Source: Business insider