Temperatures Can Reach Dangerous Levels Quickly
Studies have show that leaving a dog inside a closed car during the summer can be fatal in in just a short time. This is because the windows allow the sun’s shortwave radiation to warm the objects that it strikes. These objects (dashboard, steering wheel, interior panels and upholstery) radiate heat into the adjacent air. As a result they they give off longwave radiation which is very efficient at warming the air trapped inside a vehicle.
Temperatures inside a closed vehicle can rise 19 degrees F. in as little as 10 minutes. In 20 minutes they can go up 29 degrees F. After just 30 minutes they can rise as much as 34 deg F. Inside temperatures can climb as mush as 45-50 degrees F. in just under one hour.
Another contributing factor here is the vehicle interior color. The darker the color is, the quicker the temperature will rise. “Cracking” the windows has very effect in keeping the temperature inside the car at a safe level. The fact remains that in a very short time the temperatures will still become unsafe for pets and humans.
A car is not to be used as a dog watcher, or a babysitter for that matter. In the heat of summer it can easily become an oven. In the winter it can become a freezer.
Are you one of the people this article is talking about? If so, please think twice the next time you leave your home with your dog. Don’t tie them up in front of a store or leave them in your car. STOP and THINK! Is that coffee, donut, big mac, fountain pop or newspaper worth the life of your companion?
Yeh, I Don’t Think So Either!