Summer means a lot of amazing things: warm weather, barbecues, road trips, camping, and all sorts of fun in the sun. While the summer season is a time to enjoy good company in the great outdoors, it’s important to not let the heat get to your head when it comes to the safety of your most vulnerable passengers: children and pets!
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 701 children have died due to heatstroke after being trapped in a hot vehicle since 1998. This risk is very prevalent for your animals as well, with countless pets suffering from heat stroke each year in the United States.
While these statistics may seem daunting, keeping your loved ones safe during the summer months can be simple if you follow a few easy tips.
1. Never leave a passenger in a locked vehicle, even if it’s “just for a minute.”
Studies have shown that even if the temperature feels mild outside, the internal temperature of a parked car can reach dangerous levels within minutes. These precious few minutes can mean life or death for your child or pet.
2. Lock your parked car after all passengers exit.
Enjoying some time at the park or in the yard with your vehicle nearby? You may think it’s safe to keep it unlocked but this can be a potentially dangerous situation waiting to happen. Kids can accidentally get into the car and lock themselves inside while playing. It’s always best to make sure your empty car is locked, no matter where you are.
3. Watch out for hot buckles and car seats!
While keeping kids and pets safe from overheating in a parked car is a major summer safety concern, it’s not the only thing that could cause harm. Hot car seats and metal belt buckles can burn and blister young skin. Try to cover your car seats and belt buckles before you leave your parked car in the sun.
4. Last but not least, learn the signs of heat distress.
Confusion, dizziness and nausea for children and heavy panting or excessive drooling for your pets can be signs they are suffering from heat distress. It’s definitely important to educate yourself on heat exhaustion or heat stroke symptoms during the toasty summer months.
Keeping these tips top of mind during the summer months can make a world of difference when it comes to the safety of your children and pets. If you see a child alone in a car, the best thing to do is be proactive and call the authorities. You never know if you are potentially saving a life!
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