The summer months are upon us, and the heat can be dangerous.
Texas fifth grader Bishop Curry has come up with an idea to help prevent hot car deaths in children.
His 3D concept design is a small box-shaped device that blows air through small fans. The device would include a sensor on the bottom for when it gets too hot, which alerts parents and authorities to come to the child’s aid.
Curry hopes to get a patent for his creation.
“When a baby named Fern died down the street, I came up with the idea because it was on the news and everything,” Bishop said.
A San Jose University study found Nevada has the second-highest hot car death rate among children per capita since 1998.
Jan Null, a meteorologist who conducted the study, said average deaths haven’t gone up or down, but have remained flat and cautioned the hype of such devices.
“These other devices, they’re good, but the education and awareness programs have to keep going on.”
Null’s research has found there have been 712 child hot car deaths since 1998 and 12 this year alone.
According to his research, when the outside air temperature is in the ‘80s, it is normal to see dashboard or steering wheel surface temperatures reach 180 to 200 degrees.