With the summer fully upon us, the dangers of high temperatures and unbearable humidity in the UAE are more real than ever.
Even though most cars are well air-conditioned, getting into a vehicle that's been sitting in the sun can be uncomfortable, and even dangerous. Now, The Department of Forensic Medicine in Abu Dhabi has issued a warning to motorists regarding another threat of driving during the hottest months, and it's not to be taken lightly
The department issued a statement asking people not to sleep inside their cars-- whether or not the vehicle is turned on. While many think that when a car is on and the air conditioning is blasting, it's safe to sleep inside, but the warning states that carbon monoxide poisoning is a threat either way.
"Sleeping in the car with windows half-rolled or fully rolled up and while the engine is operating is dangerous as you can easily take in toxic carbon monoxide that accumulates in the car cabin," said a statement from the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department.
"We have sent out awareness messages to vehicle owners telling them to avoid sleeping in cars and not to leave children inside for a long time when the car engine is operating especially indoors, to avoid toxic poisoning."
Dubbed the 'silent killer' because it cannot be detected by scent, carbon monoxide poses a heightened threat to people sleeping in cars, who will not feel the effects of the poisonous gas.
Stay safe, UAE!