How hot does a vehicle get in summer?
How can a hot vehicle affect children or pet?
Heat stress, heat stroke, a form of hypothermia, suffocation, and irreversible organ damage are all possible risks of being left in a hot vehicle. A hot vehicle can mean danger for the elderly and disabled individuals, too.
Symptoms of heat stress include:
• Difficulty breathing or heavy breathing
• Glassy eyes
• Rapid pulse
Why are hot cars more deadly for certain individuals and pets?
• In some cases, they can’t let you know they’re hot and uncomfortable even if they realize they are.
Common reasons animals or kids are left in cars:
• The errand will only take 5 minutes. In reality, the errand takes longer than just a few minutes, the vehicle quickly heats up, and the individual or pet you’ve left behind is in danger.
• There’s a change in routine. In some cases, children are left in a car by the parent who doesn’t normally drop the child off at daycare or school. While this isn’t done intentionally, it can happen to the best of parents when there’s a change in routine.
• Driver distraction. You receive a phone call or make an unexpected stop on your way to daycare or school. When you arrive at your destination, you’ve forgotten you have a passenger in the vehicle.
• I left the window cracked or the car running with the air conditioning on. According to the Humane Society, neither of these measures will compensate for the temperature rising in the vehicle.
The National Safety Council recommends:
• Place something important, such as your wallet, on the backseat floor of your vehicle, so you’ll open the back door of the vehicle when you reach your destination.
• Set up a system with your childcare provider or your child’s school to call you if your child does not arrive by a designated time.
• Always check the front and back of your vehicle before locking the doors and walking away.
• Have a routine of placing a stuffed animal or doll in your child’s car seat when it’s not in use. Move the object to the front seat when your child occupies the car seat as a reminder that your child is in the car.
• Keep vehicles locked when they’re not in use so children can’t wander in by themselves.
• If a child goes missing, immediately check vehicles and their trunks.
Help prevent this dangerous occurrence by sharing information regarding the danger of hot vehicles with others!
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