SUMMER CAR SAFETY
Accidents happen. Every summer in Florida we read where someone has left their baby or their pet in their car during the summer months. When your car is parked in the sun your car heats up very quickly. The temperature in your car can get up to 200 degrees, depending on the temperature outside, the kind of vehicle you have, and how long it has been in the sun. This becomes a deathtrap for your child or pet.
When driving with a pet or a child in the car always make sure before you step out of the car, someone is responsible for the well being of your child or pet. Don’t assume the other adult, child or guardian that is with you, will make sure they are safe.
Do not leave them in the car thinking you will “only be a minute”. It is easy to get distracted and be unaware of how much time has passed. Small children and animals are not able to open a window or a door like you can. Typically they will be quiet when the heat overcomes them so there won’t be any overt signs i.e.: crying, barking, that will indicate they are in distress. Cracking the window does not help; it doesn’t prevent the temperature in the car from rising.
Leaving children and pets inside a closed car is dangerous, deadly and illegal. If you notice this situation, please call 911. We all bear the responsibility of keeping our children and pets safe.