Heat-Related Public Service Announcement

With a heat wave gripping the nation, please remember:

NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN OR PETS IN A PARKED VEHICLE

The website Kids and Cars shows that 24% of of non-traffic, non-crash fatalities involving children under 15 years of age are due to leaving the child in the vehicle during hot weather.

Studies show that when the temperature is 85 degrees outside, the temperature inside a parked car can rise to 90 degrees within 5 minutes, 100 degrees within 10 minutes, and 120 degrees within 30 minutes. With temperatures rising even higher, the car can heat up to 140 within minutes. Children and animals trapped inside cars, especially during seriously hot weather, may experience heat exhaustion or heat stroke, leading to permanent disability or death in a matter of minutes. Heat stroke can cause shock, seizures, irregular heartbeat, heart attack, and damage to the brain, liver, and kidneys.

Remember, cars are not babysitters!

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