Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Terry Bartley’s ‘Hot Car Challenge’ Aims To Prevent More Child Deaths

A North Carolina man is taking to social media to try to prevent another child from dying in a hot car.

"I'm sitting in the car with the windows rolled up cause I want to know how it feels to be left in the car," explains Terry Bartley in a YouTube video.

Bartley posted the video, challenging people to experience what it's like when parents leave their children in a car, even if only for a few minutes.

"As you can see, I'm sweating, like I can barely breathe out here, but my system is stronger than these little kids systems," Bartley says in the video.

On the day Bartley started the hot-car challenge, it was 90 degrees outside but the temperature inside a car can rise as much as 20 degrees in 10 minutes.

A child's body temperature can increase three to five times faster than an adult's. That means only minutes left alone in a car can be fatal for a child.

1404971174000-triad-hotcar"This is not a game, this is serious," Bartley said.

Bartley's video has already been seen on YouTube over a million times. Dozens of people are taking his challenge and posting their own videos on Williams' Facebook page.

"Terry Williams (Bartley) in Greensboro inspired this," said one man from New Bern, N.C.

"This one is for your Terry Williams (Bartley), and all the little kids that didn't get to live their wonderful life because someone forgot and left them in the hot car," said another man from Hampton, Va.

"We have sweated through our clothes, we can't breathe, it's hot in here and to imagine what children as well as animals go through, is mind blowing," said a woman from Atlanta.

Williams is happy people are paying attention to his plea; he just hopes those who need to hear it are listening.

"People think it can't happen to them, but it can happen to anyone."

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