WILMINGTON -- With these high temperatures outside, it can take minutes for car interiors to become deadly hot for people and pets. It's August, in the middle of summer. And if you think it's hot out there, just consider how hot it can get inside of a car, without any air conditioning. Well, we wanted to show you. So, we bought a thermometer that we'll be placing on our dashboard, to show you the rising temperatures during one of the hottest times of the day. Emergency Medical Services Manager Tommy Gonda said, "It can get really hot, sometimes in excess of 150 degrees rather quickly." Gonda says just in the past three months he's responded to 17 heat-related cases. "What we commonly see are people that have heat exhaustion, heat strokes, symptoms that include hot, dry skin, fainting, level of consciousness difficulty -- and you'll actually see these people pass out sometimes," Gonda said. Gnda says lately he's treated a number of people after they've stayed in hot cars for too long. But how long is too long? Earlier this week two toddlers died after they were left in a car for about 15 hours, while their mother was at work. The woman was arrested. But it doesn't take 15 hours. It could only take a matter of minutes for a child or a pet to suffer. Those problems include malfunctioning organs and severe brain damage. After having a thermometer in the car for an hour the temperature read 146.3, rising more than 50 degrees since we placed it on the dashboard. EMS says it's temperatures like these that could be devastating to you, a child or a pet. EMS officials say heat-related injuries depend on a person's body size and characteristics. They recommend cooling off with a fan or damp cloth and drink plenty of water.
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