Summer after summer, we can't seem to avoid the very same series of horror stories in the news about children being left to bake in hot cars. Well, one father of three -- his kids aged 4, 7, and 14 -- from Raleigh, North Carolina, was recently compelled to take action in light of these nonstop tragedies. Taking to YouTube, Terry Bartley posted a clip of himself sweating in his hot car with the windows rolled up. He said the temperature outside was up to 90 degrees, and there's no mistake what that kind of contained heat can do to the body.
Bartley has far surpassed his initial aim to get people sharing and talking about his video and raise awareness: His now viral video has reached over 1.2 million views!
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Brilliant. Not to mention something that perhaps all parents should do at some point this summer to better understand what kind of fire they could be playing with if they leave their children in the car on a hot day. There's nothing like a firsthand experience of feeling almost unable to breathe, completely barred from escape, drenched in sweat to make you realize that leaving a child in a hot car simply is NOT an option.
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And yet, we continue to see the same disturbing turn of events play out time and again. With hope, Bartley's video will inspire other parents to give a similar "experiment" a whirl -- and it serves as the serious wake-up call that so many of us need. After all, just a little more awareness could end up preempting disaster and saving kids' lives.
What do you think about Bartley's message? Would you try this "at home"?