Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Don't fry your dog's brain!

Our friend Bert sent us this link and it is great information, so I am passing it on:

" From

Have you ever noticed how hot it can get inside a car on a summer day — far hotter than it is outside? That's because a car acts like a greenhouse, trapping the sun's heat.

A study by the Animal Protection Institute showed that even moderately warm temperatures outside can quickly lead to deadly temperatures inside a closed car.

The study, conducted during a local heat wave, compared an outside temperature of a shaded area with the inside of an automobile in three states: fully closed, with four windows cracked, and with two windows cracked. Inside temperatures were measured with an indoor/outdoor thermometer and an oven thermometer (both readings are given). All temperatures use the Fahrenheit scale.

Day 1

Outside Temperature

Inside Closed Automobile

Indoor/Outdoor Oven Thermometer
9:00 am 82° 109° ----
9:30 am 87° 115° ----
10:00 am 91° 115° ----
10:30 am 94° 114° 115°
11:00 am 98° 114° 119°
11:30 am 100° 117° 124°
12:00 pm 101° 119° 127°
1:30 pm 112° 124° 130°
2:30 pm 125° 130+° 159°
4:00 pm 98° 110° 110°

Day 2

Outside Temperature

Inside Auto - 4 Windows Cracked

Indoor/Outdoor Oven Thermometer
9:15 am 84° 98° 98°
10:00 am 88° 103° 105°
10:30 am 90° 108° 108°
11:00 am 92° 109° 109°
12:00 pm 95° 113° 113°
1:00 pm 101° 114° 115°
2:00 pm 110° 123° 120°
3:40 pm 112° 129° 128°
4:00 pm 115° 132° 130°

Day 3

Outside Temperature

Inside Auto - 2 Windows Cracked

Indoor/Outdoor Oven Thermometer
8:30 am 72° 72° 72°
9:30 am 80° 95° 95°
12:00 pm 88° 105° 105°
1:50 pm 99° 109° 109°
2:30 pm 104° 120° 120°
(both thermometers showed identical readings)

Other studies show similar results:

  • San Francisco State University - April 2007 fact sheet utilizing data from a Golden Gate Weather Services study
  • Another study reprinted from the Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society
  • A study from Stanford University shows that even on comparatively cool days, such as 72 degrees, a car's internal temperature will rocket to 116 degrees within 60 minutes. And keeping the windows open a crack hardly slows the rise at all."


rocky-dog said...

my mama has to leave me in the car every now and then when we go someplace where I can't come too (mostly on our way home from work or at lunch time). but mama tries for find a shady spot and then she opens the roof of the car for me. That helps a lot. Mama says we can't do this during really hot weather, but where we live really doesn't get really hot weather most of the time (like today when we went for our morning walkie it was only 55 degrees out -- haven't the powers that be remembered that it's supposed to be SUMMER now????)

It does make us kind of spoiled though! And we don't get thunderstorms here either -- at least not much and only in the winter time -- it doesn't rain here at all in the summer! We do get shakey earth though. I don't like that much at all.


bichonpawz said...

My girlz don't get to go in the car unless it is a quick trip to the groomer or the vet...they do love the RV and of course, they aren't in that unless the A/C is on full blast!! Actually, due to the fact that I have wicked allergies and asthma to boot...I do not travel without A/C either!! Humidity just kills me...

I hope you got my note on FB .... you are so talented and I am honored you thought of me!!
Jeanne with Chloe and LadyBug in our cottage with the A/C ON!!

You are a very good citizen for posting this info!!! I cannot stand it when people leave their dogs in cars!! I want to throttle them and then make THEM sit in the car with the windows closed and no A/C!! See how they like it!