Summer is upon us, and that means opening the window and putting the air conditioning on (if you’re lucky), all just to get a good night’s sleep. While the sunny season is a blessing in many ways, getting overheated is an unfortunate byproduct that we tend to forget about until it comes around again.
However, it is hard to forget when it’s happening. You start to find yourself sweating from places you didn’t even know you had, daily activities become unbearable as your energy drops, and it’s not long before you’re searching for the shade.
When it’s happening to you, over-heating is easy to identify. When it’s happening to others, you have to pay a little attention. That’s why there are always horrible stories about dogs and babies left in the confines of hot apartments, houses and cars.
One man decided to prove a point to those who aren’t paying enough attention. Because while you might think a quick trip to the shops won’t be too bad, your car heats up a lot faster than you would think. This anonymous person posted a series of images on Facebook to prove this point.
User Pigwithstripes posted these images onto Imgur, which feature a frying pan, an egg, and a thermometer. You can probably see where this is going. The caption reads: “So this guy on my wall fried an egg in his car to show the dangers of letting your kids or dogs stay in the car on a hot day.”
Below, you can see what happens to the egg mere minutes into the experiment. The window was left open by a few centimetres, so don’t think that an inch or two gap will let in enough air to cool your car’s interior down.
Even without the sun shining directly on it, the heat of a car with no open windows grows to an astonishing level. The egg has started to cook in the ambient heat. Had cooked before 15 minutes is even up. In the same amount of time, overheating can lead to brain damage or sudden heatstroke death.
While this may be a good way to cook yourself breakfast if you’re between homes, it’s not a great sign for anything else left in a hot car all day. Imagine being subjected to that kind of intense heat, without any air to help cool you down? That’s what your child or pet is going through whenever you leave them in this situation for too long. Just look at the temperature the original poster recorded at the end of this short experiment.
You’d be surprised how many people will leave dogs in their cars for entire afternoons, but even a short amount of time can be dangerous for any living being left inside a hot car. So make sure you’re careful and next time you’re given the choice – remember the egg.