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VIDEO: Officer locks himself in hot vehicle to prove important point

Thibodaux Police Officer David Melancon sat in a hot vehicle for 10 minutes to illustrate how dangerous conditions can get in a short amount of time. (Source: YouTube) Thibodaux Police Officer David Melancon sat in a hot vehicle for 10 minutes to illustrate how dangerous conditions can get in a short amount of time. (Source: YouTube)
THIBODAUX, LA (WVUE) -

Summer heat can be deadly, especially if you are not careful. Several children, and even pets, have recently been left in locked cars.

Health and law enforcement workers are reminding adults of the dangers of hot cars and just how quickly it can become a tragic situation.

The Thibodaux Police Department conducted an experiment, under controlled conditions, to see how hot conditions can get in just 10 minutes.

Officer David Melancon sat in his police unit without any air conditioning. Within seconds he broke a sweat.

"It's hot. I can only imagine what a little kid goes through when he's sitting in a car without any air," Melancon said at the five minute mark. "I feel like I could bake cookies."

At nine minutes, Melancon said he could barely breathe in the 100-degree plus conditions.

"In just 10 quick minutes, I have sweat dripping down my forehead, my undershirt is soaking wet, I sweat pouring down my legs, my socks are soaking wet," Melancon said as he wrapped up the test.

According to the LSU Health Sciences Center:

* In 10 minutes, a car can heat up 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

* Cracking a window does little to keep the car cool.

* With temperatures in the 60s, your car can heat up to well above 110 degrees.

* A child's body temperature can rise up to five times faster than an adult's.

* Heatstroke can happen when the temperature is as low as 57 degrees outside!

* A child dies when his/her temperature reaches 107 degrees.

Police recommend that if your child gets locked in a car, get them out as quickly as possible and dial 911.

LSUHSC recommends you create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child, like a cell phone or purse, that you will need at your final destination.

"Even though you might just be running into the store for a couple of minutes, please, please do not leave your child in a hot car," Melancon said.

Mobile viewers can see the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LysWtggAH40

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