With the summer months upon us, now is the time to learn about the dangers of heatstroke and being trapped in a hot car. Heatstroke is dangerous and can be deadly.
Never leave children, pets, or older adults unattended in a parked car.
Unfortunately, children mistakenly being left in hot vehicles make up many of the tragedies reported each year. Use the following life saving tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to remind yourself and others to check the back seat before walking away from a vehicle.
On a warm day, temperatures can rapidly rise to dangerous levels. Even with the windows slightly open, the temperature in a car on a 93-degree day can soar to 125 degrees in just 20 minutes and approximately 140 degrees in 40 minutes.
Rolling down the windows has little effect on the temperature inside a car. High temps can cause organ damage and even death for our furry friends. If your pet shows any of the following signs contact your veterinarian immediately:
Take steps to reduce the animal’s body temperature, apply ice packs or cold towels to the head, neck and chest; provide water and ice cubes for hydration; and move the animal into the shade or air-conditioning.
Learn more extreme heat preparedness at www.ready.gov/heat.