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People tend to forget how hot a car gets, once that ignition is shut off and the air conditioner is no longer on. Sadly, we get a reminder across the nightly news when a parent forgets that fact, leaves their child inside for a bit, and an ambulance (or worse) has to be called.
In a Stanford University study, when it was 72 degrees outside, a car’s internal temperature climbed to 116 degrees within one hour. A lethal heat can be reached in 30 minutes or less! Infants and toddlers simply do not have enough sweat glands to keep cool and can die in minutes.
One of my husband’s first “live” assignments was a scene at our local Home Depot that an infant was left in the car where the police had to break the windows out to rescue him. Talk about a horrible situation! If you ask him about it today, he still tears up…
Same goes for our furry friends – you can easily cook your pup in same same time window – even if the windows are rolled down a bit.
Let’s make sure we NEVER see that sad story on the news again!
SHARE this post with your friends and family, as a quick reminder to take everyone out of the car, even for a “quick” trip inside and to leave the pets at home.
We hope everyone stays cool and has a SAFE summer!