UFA Safety Message: Protect Children and Pets from Overheating in Vehicles this Summer

By Chief Mike White

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    With temperatures rising, it is important to remember we cannot leave children and pets unattended in vehicles.

  • In the first 20 minutes, a vehicle is turned off and left in the heat, almost 70% of the heating occurs. So even leaving children and pets in a car for a short duration is dangerous.

  • Cracking windows does little to help with this.

  • During days where temperatures are as low as 80 degrees, interior temperatures can climb as high as 123 degrees in less than an hour.

  • Dark objects inside a car can reach temperatures close to 200 degrees.

  • Complicating this is the fact that children’s thermoregulatory systems are not as efficient as an adult’s and their body temperatures warm at a rate of 3 to 5 times faster than an adult.

  • Only 18% of children who die in a hot vehicle are left there intentionally.

  • To prevent this, we suggest getting in the habit of looking in the back seat before leaving and locking your vehicles. Practice this until it becomes a habit, to lessen the likelihood of leaving your pet or child in the car by accident.


Other stats:

  • 87% of children who die are three years old or younger
  • 54% are forgotten in a vehicle
  • 27% are playing in an unattended vehicle