Terry Williams is tired of hearing that children have died after being left in a hot car, so he has taken his fight, and a challenge, to social media.
“I’m sitting in the car with the windows rolled up ’cause I want to know how it feels to be left in the car,” the Greensboro, N.C., man explained in a YouTube video.
Williams posted the video and challenged others to sit in a hot car with the windows up so that they can feel what it’s like to be left alone in a hot automobile.
“As you can see, I’m sweating—like, I can barely breathe out here—but my system is stronger than these little kids’ systems,” a sweaty Williams says in the video.
The day Williams started his challenge, it was 86 degrees outside. According to USA Today, the inside car temperature can “rise as much as 20 degrees in 10 minutes.” A child’s body temperature rises much faster, meaning that a few minutes in a hot car can be fatal.
Since the video was posted sometime last month, it has received nearly 8,000 views—and people have been responding to the challenge and helping Williams spread the word. Several viewers have posted their own videos with personal messages.
“I feel sick and nauseous, and I can’t wait to get out of this car,” said one Portland, Ore., woman who took the challenge. “It is easily over 100 degrees in the car, but all I can say is, mothers and fathers, I urge you … please don’t leave your children in the car.”
Read more at USA Today.