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Don’t Leave Kids or Pets in Cars This Summer

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Don’t Leave Kids or Pets in Cars This Summer

It can be tempting to leave your child or pet in the car while you run inside a store to grab something you need. While many parents have done this with no bad results, many have also returned to their vehicle to find tragic consequences. In the summer, the inside of your car can heat up faster than an oven, making your car a dangerous and even deadly place for your child or pet. Don’t find yourself facing the consequences of a poor choice this summer.

 

Like an oven

 

Your car can heat up quickly on a summer day. Like a greenhouse, the car can hold heat and the interior temperature can climb to dangerous levels quickly. Even a few minutes in a hot car can be enough to induce heat-related health problems such as heatstroke and dehydration. Babies are especially susceptible.

 

Don’t make exceptions

 

Make it a point to never leave a child or pet in a car unattended, not even for ‘just a minute.’ The truth is, you can’t know for sure how long you’ll be, or what could happen while your car is unsupervised. Don’t roll the windows down and leave them, either. Anything could happen within the few minutes that you’re gone, and you don’t want to have to face the consequences.

 

Teach children

 

Sadly, unlocked cars can be a tempting playground for younger children. They could climb in and be overcome from the heat after closing the door. Or, you may exit your car, leave the keys inside, and find yourself facing a locked car with your child inside. If your child is old enough, teach them to unlock the door for you, and teach them to never play inside of empty cars.

If your child is locked in the car and cannot unlock it, call an emergency locksmith or the police. They will be able to get your child out before the car gets too hot, and hopefully prevent a tragic disaster.