Keeping kids, pets safe in hot cars

Published: Jun. 9, 2020 at 6:11 PM CDT
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With Summer coming around and temperatures rising its important to remember to not keep children or pets locked in hot vehicles.

If you won't be able to bring pets or kids inside with you then they should be kept home, not left in a vehicle.

If you notice children in a vehicle you should check to see if they're breathing and responsive. Give a knock on the window to check if they're alert.

For pets, look for excessive drooling or heavy breathing. There are plenty of factors that play into a rising temperature inside a vehicle.

"The temperature outside, the humidity, all those kinds of things so really it's just safest to leave them at home and just avoid the car situation," Lauren Werner, a veterinarian at Animal Clinic of Hastings, said.

If you encounter a dangerous situation do not hesitate to call 9-1-1 as they will send first responders to ensure everyone's safety.

"You can always call 9-1-1, it never hurts to call, that's the thing," Vince Conta, Firefighter and EMT at Hastings Fire & Rescue, said. "Especially when there's life and safety on the line, definitely call, don't hesitate."

For pets specifically, think about brushing their hair often, possibly shaving them and avoid walking during the hottest parts of the day, instead walking in the early morning or at night.