July 18, 2018
PANAMA CITY Fla. – If it’s hot outside -it’s even hotter in your car. Some people have no choice but to spend all day in them, especially delivery carriers.
“The worst part is getting in the truck for the first time ’cause it’s always so hot,” says Harrison McElheney owner and manager of Hallmark Flowers.
Last week a California postal carrier was found dead in their delivery truck in over 100F heat. The cause of death is under investigation. It is possible it was due to overheating because most postal vehicles do not have air conditioning.
The United States Postal Service released a statement to News 13 saying, “The safety of our employees is a top priority and the Postal Service has implemented a national Heat Illness Prevention Program (HIPP) for all employees. In connection with the HIPP, the Postal Service provides mandatory heat-related and other safety training and instruction to all employees and assures they have the resources needed to do their jobs safely.”
The national weather service says at 73F outside the temperature inside a vehicle will reach 100F in less than 30 min.
News 13 conducted an experiment and found that on a hot day in Panama City, it only took 10 minutes for a car to jump from 85F to 112F.
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