Many people think that if it’s not that hot out, they can leave a pet – or even a child – inside of a hot car, just for a minute, while they run inside somewhere. However, this is an extremely dangerous practice and Toyota of Orlando is here to shed some light on it. Summer is here, and that means you need to up your pet and child car safety game. Let’s talk more about the dangers of leaving your loved ones – four-legged or not – inside of a hot vehicle!
Learn how a hot car can quickly become dangerous
What happens inside of a hot car? Our Orlando Toyota team did a little investigating to get the specifics:
- Temperatures rise quickly, even if it’s not scorching hot outside. The Greenhouse Effect happens when longer infrared waves inside the car (from objects that are warmed by the sun) get trapped inside the glass, making temperatures shoot up in a short matter of time. Your car quickly becomes like an oven, and conditions rapidly become unsafe for pets and children in a matter of minutes. Here’s a specific example – on a 90 degree day, which is pretty standard here in Central Florida, temperatures can go above 160 degrees in ten minutes.
Obviously, this is incredibly dangerous. Children’s bodies heat up three to five times more quickly than an adult because they’re not able to regulate temperature as well, and animals can die from heatstroke in a hot car in just fifteen minutes. That’s why our Orlando Toyota dealership has taken the time to compile some hot car safety tips for you!
- Never leave children or pets in the car even if it’s just for “a minute”. The risk isn’t worth the outcomes.
- Check your destination’s rules before you leave – if you take your pets along with you in the car, you should plan on taking them inside wherever you end up. If you can’t, then don’t take them with you.
- Don’t leave children or pets inside a car that’s running, either. Things still heat up when it’s parked, and you run the risk of auto theft, etc. when you leave the keys in the ignition.
Toyota of Orlando shares tips for summer car safety
And if you happen to see a child or pet locked inside a hot car, here’s what you should do:
- Write down the car’s name, model, color, license plate, and any identifying features
- Call the police and report the situation
- Run to businesses in the surrounding area and ask to have the owner or parent paged
However, if the pet or child is in obvious distress and you think they’re in imminent danger, find a witness who will back you up and break a window – choose a window far away from the child or pet so glass doesn’t hit them. Remove them from the vehicle and administer the appropriate care until the authorities get there.
Want more tips on pet or child car safety for the summer? Call Toyota of Orlando today at (407) 298-4500!