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The Heat is On! Keep Those Kids and Pets Safe Don't Leave Children and Pets in Vehicles!!!

Posted by Jarrett Ward on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 @ 03:47 PM
The Heat is On – Keep Those Kids and Pets Safe

PetsHotCars.jpgThe summer months can be uncomfortable—even dangerous—for people and pets. It’s difficult enough simply to cope with rising temperatures, let alone thick humidity, but things really get tough in areas that are hit with the double blow of intense heat and storm-caused power outages, sometimes with tragic results.

Strategies to NEVER Leave Your Kids in the Car

We remember those days. You are so tired you have to ask yourself: Did I shower today? Did I take my vitamin? Pill? When we think back to being that exhausted and we (Cherie and I) have to think that for a parent to “forget” their child – the most precious thing in the world …you must be tired beyond belief! We are asking ourselves could we have ever left our child in the car? Could that have happened to us? Ask yourself – could you do that? We would like to think NO – that could never happen, but, if you have been a parent long enough you have learned to say to yourself…..never say NEVER. So our take on this is: Forget about “could you do it.” Let’s discuss prevention strategies to help you NEVER do it!

Strategy #1 - Leave your pocketbook or wallet and cell phone in the backseat next to your child in the car seat. By doing this you are not only ensuring that you won’t forget your child, but you can also now sign up for Oprah’s no phone zone because if your cell is in the backseat you are not talking or texting.

Strategy #2 - Put a stuffed animal in the car seat when your child is not in it – when you go to put your child in the seat – you take the animal out and put it next to you as a reminder your child is in the car seat.

Strategy #3 - Write yourself a brightly-colored sticky note on the dashboard of your car – baby in back!

Strategy #4 - Buy yourself the child safety mirror that attaches to your rearview mirror so that you can see your child at all times.

 

Easily Preventable - This tragedy is so easily preventable – just by using the above strategies, you could save a life. Please relay this information to friends, family and coworkers so no more families have to suffer from this awful tragedy.

Never Leave Your Pets in a Hot Car

Pets should never be left in a hot car. Not even for a minute. Not even with the car running and air conditioner on. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. That beloved pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or die.

 

For more great information take a look at this article written by the American Veterinary Medical Association regarding Pets in Vehicles.

 

Sources: 

American Veterinary Medical Association

Kids Safe Foundation