First of all, according to the National Weather Service, heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, and it results in hundreds of deaths each year. Surprisingly, excessive heat claims more lives on average each year than other seemingly more sinister weather events. Like, floods, lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes combined. So, here is a safety tip to help keep your kids and pets safe as the temperature rises.
Safety Tip: Parked Cars, and Warm Temps – a Bad Mix
To begin with, leaving children or animals alone in parked vehicles is never a good idea, but it’s especially dangerous on warm and hot days. Thus, dozens of children die each year after being left unattended (knowingly or not) in vehicles. Yet, sometimes even it happens when they are left for just a short amount of time. Consequently, the temperature inside a vehicle – even on a warm day that’s just 80 degrees – can rise to levels well over 120 degrees in a matter of minutes, leading to heatstroke once the child’s body can not cool itself down. Furthermore, this applies to animals too. So, remember if it is unsafe for humans, then it is unsafe for animals too.
Save a life. Please call 911 immediately if you see a child or an animal left unattended in a vehicle.
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