Alabama has been faced with extremely hot and hazardous temperatures lately and this week is no exception. This should prompt residents to take precautions to be safe during these days of dangerous temperatures.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heat-related illnesses including heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn, and heat rash are preventable.

Alabama Car Interior Test

We decided to test out just how hot the interior of an Alabama car can get on Wednesday, June 22 by leaving a wireless thermometer with a 300-foot range inside a parked vehicle and monitoring how long it takes for temperatures to rise to unsafe conditions.

As you viewed in the video, in 20 minutes, the inside of this Alabama car spiked to an unsafe temperature level.

Why is this Important?

Never leave anyone in a car because as the video demonstrates temperatures can rise quickly to dangerous levels. You can help prevent a tragedy this summer.

These types of temperatures inside a car, no matter the season, pose a threat to the human body. Especially for children, the elderly, the disabled, and pets that are left unattended.

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Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke

According to the No Heat Stroke Organization, “910 children have died due to Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke (PVH) since 1998. All of these deaths could have been prevented.” In 2022, “there have already been 3 PVH deaths” which happened in Snellville, Georgia; Memphis, Tennessee and Houston, Texas.”

Click here for more information from the No Heat Stroke Organization. Click here for more details from the CDC.

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LOOK: The most extreme temperatures in the history of every state

Stacker consulted 2021 data from the NOAA's State Climate Extremes Committee (SCEC) to illustrate the hottest and coldest temperatures ever recorded in each state. Each slide also reveals the all-time highest 24-hour precipitation record and all-time highest 24-hour snowfall.

Keep reading to find out individual state records in alphabetical order.