Vehicles and Hot Weather Safety

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Now that warm weather has finally arrived, it is important to keep in mind some important hot weather safety tips to keep you and your family – including the four legged members – cool and safe this summer.

Remember to NEVER leave children or pets unattended in your vehicle even for “just a moment”.  Cracking windows does nothing to cool the interior of the vehicle. If you see a pet or child unattended in a vehicle call 911 to report the incident.

The Canada Safety Council has more information on this serious topic. Also, consider the following pointers, provided by Joint Base of San Antonio, Texas:

  • Create reminders by placing an object in the backseat of the vehicle next to the child, such as a briefcase, purse, cell phone or toy that is needed at the driver’s destination. This is important if the adult or parent is not following their normal routine.
  • Take action. If you see a child alone in a vehicle, call 911 so that trained emergency personnel can come to the scene and save the child’s life.
  • Make sure your vehicle is locked when an adult or parent is not present so children don’t get in it on their own and lock themselves in.
  • Use common sense.  If you wouldn’t want to be locked in a hot vehicle, why would you want to put your child or pet through that?