A newborn baby has been rescued after being left inside a boiling car during Britain's heatwave this year. The child was videoed screaming in its carseat as temperatures climbed in Newton Abbot, Devon, last Thursday when temperatures reached 26°C. Luckily, a stranger happened to pull up alongside the car and when he opened his door he immediately heard the child's hysterical cries and took out his phone to record the car for evidence. He records the cries of the child, and takes his camera around the back of the car so he can also get a good image of the license plate before entering the store and asking officials to take to the tannoy to appeal the owner of the car to come forward.
It's understood the car's owner was a grandfather who was looking after his new grandchild, and had exercised some pretty poor judgement when it came to what was safe for a child in the climbing heat. A Tesco spokesman said: "A customer told one of our colleagues that a young child had been left on their own in a parked car at our Newton Abbot store. We put out a call in store for the vehicle’s driver and they returned to their car." The story is far from unique in the UK since the heatwave has swept across the country, and parents and animal owners have been blindly leaving their vulnerable children and pets to suffer stiflingly hot temperatures.
The best thing to do in a #heatwave is stay out of the sun, especially between 11am & 3pm. Don’t leave babies, children, older people or ill people or pets alone in stationary cars pic.twitter.com/TXOFHu61MF— NHS Wiltshire CCG (@NHSWiltshireCCG) July 22, 2018
Temperatures outside can fool parents and animal owners into thinking that pets and children will be fine in the car for a few minutes while they just run out to pick up some groceries, but in reality temperatures can almost double in half an hour when someone is left sitting inside an unventilated vehicle. Cracking a window will not solve the problem, because the heat in the car won't dissipate properly and the only safe way to care for vulnerable people in the heat is to not leave them in cars alone at all. High internal temperatures lead to heatstroke, which causes dizziness, confusion, disorientation, agitation, seizures, sluggishness, unconsciousness and eventually death.