Heatstroke can be deadly to kids and pets - and happens much faster than most people realize. In just ten minutes, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise 20 degrees or more.
More than half of the hot car-related deaths in the last 20 years were due to children being mistakenly left in hot vehicles, according to a study of media reports by San Jose State University. Frequently, parents or caregivers experienced a sudden change in routine or other unusual circumstances prior to the tragedy.
With this in mind, Allen Fire Department asks parents, caregivers and pet owners to review the following safety tips to help prevent tragedies as temperatures rise.
If you see kids in a car without a parent or caregiver nearby, call 9-1-1 immediately. If you are concerned about a pet inside a vehicle, call non-emergency dispatch at 214.509.4321.
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