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The Dangers of Leaving People or Pets In a Hot, Unattended Vehicle


Alhambra , CA United States

With temperatures reaching 90 degrees and above in the San Gabriel Valley, the Alhambra Fire Department is warning area residents never to leave people or pets in an unattended vehicle. A car’s interior can heat up to 135 degrees or higher and prove fatal to a small child or pet.

According to Alhambra Fire Chief Tom Phelps, “In five to ten minutes on a hot day, the temperature inside a parked car, will be unbearable for an adult, an infant, a small child or a pet. It could be deadly.” Temperatures inside a vehicle can climb rapidly, even with the windows cracked. The Alhambra Fire Department has provided the following tips to ensure public safety:

Never leave a child or animal unattended in a vehicle.

Check the car to make sure that all occupants leave the vehicle or are carried out when unloading. If you lock the door with a key, rather than with a remote, it would force one last look in the car before leaving it.

Always lock your car and keep keys and remotes away from children.

Teach your children about the dangers of a hot car, especially the trunk of a car.

For additional questions please contact the Alhambra Fire Department at (626) 570-5199.

If you see a child, dependent adult or pet alone in a hot vehicle, get involved. If they seem hot or sick, get them out immediately. Call 911 for help.

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