News10's Nick Monacelli locked himself in a car on Monday, the hottest day of the year so far, for a segment that aired on News10 at 5 p.m. We asked him why he decided to do the story.
Over the weekend, a colleague posted on Facebook that she had found a dog locked in a hot car. Fortunately the owner came out and the dog was fine, but it left me a little angry.
Why did some people still think it's okay to leave any animal in a hot car? Especially when we're above 100 degrees?
So, I wanted to do something a little out of the norm. By locking myself in a hot for a short time, I was hoping to prove just how hot it gets and how quickly.
In just 12.5 minutes, the temperature rose from 100 degrees to 142 degrees. It was unbearable. I was having a hard time breathing and my hands started shaking.
And that's for a human. I can sweat. Dogs can't. A veterinarian told me today that dogs pant to cool themselves down – but in a hot car all they're doing is breathing in hotter air. He said some could be dead in minutes.
So, watch the video and tell a friend. My guess is somebody you'll reach still thinks a 15-minute trip isn't a big deal.