We just wrapped up one of several surveillances in sizzling summer temperatures--thought we'd share a few thoughts and links with writers whose characters might also be sitting in hot cars while watching their targets.
On a summer day the temperature inside a parked car can exceed 122° (50°C) in just over 10 minutes.
Cracking a window or two isn’t sufficient to make a substantial difference. A
PI can’t compensate by drinking liquid because he or she can’t risk having to find
a bathroom and break up the surveillance. But if the PI doesn’t
drink, he’ll become dehydrated. Here’s some tips PIs use for dealing
with this situation:
· Avoid drinking coffee or tea (as they’re diuretics)
· Park in the shade.
· Use a vehicle with tinted windows.
· Carry a cooler with ice & water.
· Wear sunscreen and sunglasses.
If a PI experiences any of the below symptoms, he/she may be suffering from heat exhaustion:
• Muscle cramps
• Initial moist skin changing to dry
• Rapid pulse
There are portable coolers PIs sometimes purchase for surveillances during the summer. Here’s some links to such products:
We've written other articles on conducting surveillances at our blog Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes: http://writingpis.wordpress.com/. Drop by, search for "surveillance" in the search box or look up surveillance topics in the Categories list on the left side of the page.
Have a great week, Writing PIs