Every summer, the news is inundated with reports of children or animals being left in hot cars.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department wants to make sure this summer is different. So, it posted a video to Facebook to show just how hot it gets inside parked cars.
Deputy Regan volunteered to sit inside a patrol car parked in the sun and monitor the rising temperature inside the vehicle.
The results of the experiment are insane: After just seven minutes, Deputy Regan's heart rate doubled, and by the time he finally exited the car (after about a half hour), the temperature inside the vehicle had soared to a whopping 177 degrees.
Additionally, the officer exhibited early symptoms of heat stroke.
Regan said he hopes the video will serve as a reminder that even just a few minutes in a hot car can be harmful.
He encourages all viewers to immediately dial 911 if they see a person or animal inside a parked car in the summer -- especially if that person or animal appears to be in distress.
The experiment was risky, but it certainly gets the message across.
Check it out below.