July 31, 2017 – Despite the recent break in oppressive temperatures, heatstroke poses a significant safety threat to children and pets left alone in hot cars. National Heatstroke Prevention Day is today, Monday, July 31, and AAA South Dakota is joining other advocacy groups and safety organizations to warn drivers to never leave children or pets alone in a vehicle.
Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash-related fatalities for children 14 and younger, with an average of 37 fatalities per year since 1998.
“Drivers may think it’s okay to leave children and pets unattended in a vehicle while they run a quick errand,” says Marilyn Buskohl, manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA South Dakota. “The decision to choose perceived convenience over safety can have tragic consequences.”
Some scary statistics:
“In the summer heat a vehicle’s interior can reach lethal temperatures very quickly, essentially creating an oven, causing a child’s internal organs to shut down if left unattended inside,” said Buskohl. “Young children should never be left alone in a vehicle under any circumstances. Even if you have to put a reminder post-it note on your dashboard, an alarm on your phone or a stuffed animal in the front seat to remember to take a child out of the car, do it.”
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When it comes to heatstroke, your animals are also at risk. Leaving them in a vehicle while you run into a store, take a break at a rest stop during a family road trip or for any other reason, can have deadly consequences. Make no mistake – just because your pet can’t tell you they are in distress, doesn’t mean they aren’t. Animals left in hot cars can face irreversible organ damage, heat stroke, brain damage and, in extreme cases, death.
Signs of heatstroke in dogs and cats can include:
Animals are also at a more severe rate of risk when they have factors like age (very young, very old), obesity, poor heart/lung conditioning, are a short-nosed, flat-faced breed, or have a thick hair coat.
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