We’ve had steamy weather in the area for the past few days. If you’ve seen the news headlines you know that people still have to be told that it is not wise to leave their kids or pets in their vehicles on very warm days for any length of time.
Heat stroke and death are two totally preventable possible outcomes of being left in a vehicle that can quickly reach a high internal temperature.
Even if it’s something that you know you would never consciously do, it’s a fact that people can get distracted or be forgetful for a number of reasons, even forgetting that their own child is still in the back of their vehicle. It happens.
If you want to know, according to science, how it’s possible forget a child in the car, here’s an article you can read about it: Hot Car Deaths: Scientists Detail Why Parents Forget Their Children
Ways you can remind yourself to check the back seat: 10 Ways to Prevent Hot Car Deaths
Pets need a lot of the same care and supervision that human dependents need. As far as leaving your dog alone in the car, it’s best not to. That quick stop you intended might end up taking longer than you anticipated. Just don’t.
If you want to know more about how heat stroke affects children, read this article on KidsAndCars.org: http://www.kidsandcars.org/how-kids-get-hurt/heat-stroke/
Children and animals are dying because of being left alone in vehicles. It doesn’t have to happen.
If you see a child or animal left alone in a vehicle, call 911 and stay on the line with the dispatcher who will recommend what action you can take.
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