ACM member and Certified Consulting Meteorologist Jan Null has worked on preventing heatstroke deaths of children in vehicles for the last 21 years. It all started when he was asked by a reporter “how hot could it have gotten in the van?”, after the tragic death of a 5 month old. Not knowing the answer, Jan took it upon himself to record the inside temperature of a car.
This led to Jan’s work with two Stanford University Hospital emergency medicine doctors. Together the three of them authored an article entitled: “Heat Stress From Enclosed Vehicles: Moderate Ambient Temperatures Cause Significant Temperature Rise in Enclosed Vehicles,” in 2005. Research found that temperatures increase by 80% in the first 15 to 30 minutes, even if the windows are cracked. This article quickly became the “go-to” article on the topic worldwide. Jan has the privilege of working with many different agencies, organizations, and safety professionals to raise awareness on the topic. More about this topic, and Jan’s work, can be found here: https://www.noheatstroke.org/