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The Las Cruces Police Department reminds motorists that high temperatures – daytime and evening temperatures – can cause death or serious injury to children and pets left in an enclosed vehicle.
Research shows that the interior temperature of an enclosed vehicle can rise at least 19 degrees Fahrenheit after only 10 minutes in the sun, 34 degrees after 30 minutes, and 45-50 degrees in about one hour. The rapidly increasing interior temperature of a vehicle can cause injury to people and pets, even when outdoor daytime temperatures are in the 80s or low 90s.
Studies show the practice of leaving a vehicle window partially open, or “cracked” as it is often called, does little or no good in decreasing the interior temperature. And days that are overcast offer shade but little help in keeping a vehicle cool enough for pets of children.
People can be critically injured or killed when the core body temperature reaches 104 F. A body temperature of 107 F is considered to be lethal. The Las Cruces Police Department offers these safety tips.