Becoming trapped in a vehicle is not only frightening for a passenger (whether human or animal), but it could be deadly. There are several common accident types relating to automobile trappings that result in a high percentage of fatalities. We’ll go over a few of the easiest to avoid, so that you’ll know a bit more about what you’re protecting your passengers against potentially. After all, knowing what it is that you’re fighting against is half of the battle.
Heat sickness is a term that applies to the multiple stages that occur as your body goes into shock from heat exposure and an inability to sufficiently self-cool and regulate the body’s temperature. These stages are; heat cramps, heat stress, heat exhaustion, and of course heat stroke. Each progressive listing is a step further towards full blown heat stroke, which commonly results in death.
In humans heat stroke occurs when the body reaches a temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Children and elderly people whose self-regulation of temperature is not at optimal performance level are obviously at an increased risk compared to adults. These two groups run the risk of succumbing to heat stroke up to 3-5 times faster than a healthy adult person.
In animals heat stroke occurs when the body’s internal temperature reaches 103. This makes them even more susceptible to the harm of heat stroke than a toddler. Why is this? Because dogs, cats, and other common household animals lack the ability to sweat.
Suffocation is another very real risk when vehicular trapping is involved. The supply of oxygen available within the interior of a vehicle or the trunk of a vehicle is incredibly limited when a vehicle is closed up, parked, and unattended. If the supply of oxygen is used before someone realizes that a passenger is in danger, they may die of suffocation.
Unintentional Vehicular Movement
Most commonly occurring with children between 3 and 8, accidental roll aways are very dangerous. They not only endanger the occupants of the vehicle, but those around the vehicle as well. The car could accidentally move into traffic, cause massive property damage, injure or kill someone, etc… If you leave your car unlocked when not in use, you are putting others at risk for unintentional vehicular movement injuries.
How Vesta Can Help A Person or Pet Trapped in a Car
Vesta combines the efforts of two monitoring features in one device in order to detect passengers that may be in danger as a result of becoming trapped inside of an unattended vehicle. The device monitors CO2 levels as well as temperature in order to determine whether or not there is an occupant in harms way. It is a very simple, easy to use system and fits conveniently in a vehicle of any size. It doesn’t require to carry around any extra gadgets or anything. Just your phone that you normally carry with you anyway.
When Vesta detects a passenger in danger, it is programmed to send a text message alert notification that gives information on your vehicle’s current temperature and GPS location. This is in order to help you or a trusted relative, friend, co-worker, or neighbor reach your vehicle and assist the trapped passenger as quickly as possible. You can have alerts sent to other parties as well.