High Heat Poses Risks to Children, Pets in Vehicles

With the weather forecast calling for temperatures in the 90s for the next several days, AAA offers safety tips to help motorists keep their children and pets safe during what is expected to be the hottest weather so far this summer season.

Never leave children or pets alone in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are partially open or the air conditioning is on. Even on pleasant days the temperature inside a car can soar to well over 100 degrees in less than 10 minutes, placing them at risk for heatstroke and possibly death. Don’t let children play in an unattended vehicle and always lock your vehicle, even in driveways and garages, keeping keys out of children’s reach. If you see a child or pet alone in the car, call 911 immediately and follow the instructions of emergency personnel.