Even though we’re halfway through the summer, we’re still in the middle of the hot months in most of the U.S. Every year, dogs and small children are left in cars for “just a few minutes” while owners or parents run into a grocery store or run errands, sometimes illicit.
According to our sister site Jean Knows Cars, 20 kids have already died as a result of negligent parents or caregivers in hot cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that cars can get to temperatures upwards of 150 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit within minutes, even when windows are partially rolled down.
As a passerby, always look at the back seat of a car to make sure there are not children there. Also, teach children to not play around cars that can become hot. Some children have died as a result of climbing into a car’s trunk while roughhousing. And, lastly, call 911 when you see a child in a car unattended.
For pets, which may not be allowed in places like stores, the task can be a little more difficult. But still keep windows cracked, park in shade, use a windshield cover, and bring a large cooler of mostly ice for Fido to drink in the hot car.
For more tips to keep children and pets safe so that they don’t become dehydrated or suffer from heatstroke, follow the Jean Knows Cars links below.