As the temperature rises, it’s getting warmer … but it’s even hotter inside your vehicle.
Don’t leave your children or pets inside your parked cars.
Would you want to be locked in a car with temperatures more than 100 degrees?
According to AAA, “On a summer day in Oklahoma, the inside temperature of a car can reach more than 100 degrees in just a short time. Heatstroke can occur in an adult when the temperature reaches 104 degrees and death can occur at 107 degrees; for a child, it is less.”
You might think you’re going to be “just a minute,” or maybe that ”it’s not that hot outside, so it must be OK in the car.”
But, you’re wrong. A minute can turn into 5, which can turn into 10, which can turn into half an hour. If you throw a hot car into the scenario, you’re putting your loved ones in jeopardy.
AAA also warns owners to keep their automobiles locked at all times when they’re not in use, so a curious child doesn’t become trapped in the vehicle.
Here are safety tips from AAA:
- Never leave a child unattended in a car, even for a minute, and even if the windows are tinted or down. The same recommendations apply to pets and the elderly.
- Never leave car keys where children have access to them.
- Keep doors locked and windows closed at all times, even when the vehicle is in the garage or on a driveway.
- Make sure all children leave the vehicle when you reach your destination.
Don’t leave anyone behind:
- When you first place a child in a car seat in the back seat of the car, also open the glove compartment door, flip down the passenger side visor or put a purse in the back seat. These actions can serve as visual reminders that a child is in the back seat.
- If you see a child alone in a locked, parked car, immediately call 9-1-1 for emergency assistance.