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August 05, 2016

AskPatty’s #HotCar Tips for Kids and Dogs: Even Cool Cars Get Hot Fast


Leaving a child or animal unattended in a vehicle can lead to heatstroke and can kill in just minutes. It happens quickly: it can take only ten minutes to raise a car's temperature by more than 20 degrees. Even on a cloudy day, and even at an outside temperature of just 60 degrees, the temperature inside your car can reach 110 degrees; imagine how quickly it can happen on a hot summer day. That’s why it’s so important to never leave your child or pet alone in a car, not even for a minute.

On average, 37 children die each year from heat-related deaths after being left or becoming trapped inside vehicles. Even the best of parents or caregivers can unknowingly leave a sleeping baby in a car -- and the end result can be terrible injury or even death. And nobody is tracking the number of pet lives lost for this tragic mistake.

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