OKLAHOMA CITY — EMSA calls it an unknown epidemic. Since May, paramedics in the metro have had more than 60 calls about kids being left in hot cars. The results can be deadly.To demonstrate just how much heat can affect the body John George, the president of the Oklahoma City Fraternal Order of Police, locked himself inside his SUV for 30 minutes Sunday. The outdoor temperature during the demonstration was about 96 degrees."It was just bad and it was fast," George said.After only three minutes, the driver's seat in George's pre-cooled car went from 87.5 degrees to 101. At the end of the 30 minutes, the temperature went up to 123 degrees, with the dash board measuring 141 degrees and the back seat 114.5 degrees.George left the car sweaty and slightly light-headed. He also had some trouble getting out clear sentences, but he was in much better condition than a child would be.Jim Winham, EMSA's director of clinical services, said a child could have easily died early on to the experiment."It takes them a while until they progress and get older and older to where they can regulate their body temperature," Winham said. "So extremes like this, subjecting a child at any age, for any amount of time to temperatures like this it, is just, it can't happen.""What I saw in there, it can be very, very quick. A lot quicker than I realized," George said.George warns, though the coming days will not be as hot as Sunday, don't let your guard down. The sun can make even cooler temperatures soar in a car.He said you should not hesitate to call 911 if you see a child in a car, or to act immediately if you see that child is in distress.
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