During the summer months, we see many preventable hot car deaths. Parents, guardians and pet parents accidentally leave their children or pets locked inside a hot car. Sometimes they just forget, and other times they think they will “only be a minute” and they don’t realize how hot it will actually get inside.
Children also overheat much more quickly than adults and pets also cannot regulate their body temperature the same way we do. Pets and very small children won’t be able to open the doors if they are trapped in vehicle, and they won’t even be able to ask for help.
Here are some ideas from Atlantic Toyota NY to know about how to prevent hot car deaths:
- Never leave a child or a pet locked in a car. Even with windows cracked, the temperature can reach 125 degrees in a matter of minutes.
- Look before you lock. Make it a habit to always check your back seat before leaving your car. When you do this as a habit, the habit will be there even if you are tired, running late, or doing something different in your routine.
- Use the drive-thru. Whenever possible, use drive through services (for banking and foods, etc.). Then you won’t have to worry about leaving anyone in the car, even for a short time.
- Make it a habit to never leave anyone in the car. If you just make it a hard and fast rule to NEVER leave children or pets unattended in the car, then you won’t have to worry about hot car deaths at all.
- Leave your car locked in the driveway. Some accidents happen when kids crawl into an unlocked car to play. Always leave your car doors locked and keep a close eye on children playing outside.
Even if death doesn’t occur, the heat can still cause serious problems and it doesn’t take very long in a hot car before heat illness can set in. Follow these tips and keep your kids and pets safe this summer.