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 such as floods, lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes combined.
Parked Cars, and Warm Temps – a Bad Mix
Leaving children or animals alone in parked vehicles is never a good idea, but it’s especially dangerous on warm days. Dozens of children die each year after being left unattended (knowingly or not) in vehicles, sometimes even when they are left for just a short amount of time. The temperature inside a vehicle – even on a 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’t cool itself down. This applies to animals too – if it’s unsafe for humans, it’s unsafe for animals too.
Save a life. Call 911 immediately if you see a child or an animal left unattended in a vehicle.
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