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Heated vehicles pose dangerous threat

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Vehicles can become death traps to humans and pets during this time of year due to the extremely high temperatures caused from the sun's radiation, according to the National Weather Service.

Inside a vehicle, objects will heat up and some can reach temperatures that range from 180 to 200 degrees when the sun's shortwave radiation strikes.

Hot dashboards, steering wheels, seats and other objects warm the air trapped in the vehicle by conduction and convection and emit longwave radiation, the NWS website explains.

According to Horry County Police Department's Facebook page, a vehicle can go from safe temperatures to fatal in minutes.

Dozens of children and pets die every year from hyperthermia after being left in parked vehicles, according to the NWS.

Hyperthermia is an illness that occurs when your body cannot handle being too hot for too long, according to the National Institute on Aging. Hyperthermia can cause several illnesses: heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat edema, heat cramps and heat syncope.

The NWS advises to never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, always touch a child's safety seat and belt prior to use to guarantee it is cool enough, and make sure children do not play in, on or near cars.

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