INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — With high temperatures possibly reaching the 90s this week, it’s an important time to remember to avoid leaving children and pets in vehicles.
When it’s 80 degrees outside, it takes only 10 minutes for the temperature inside a car to feel like 99 degrees. After 20 minutes, it feels like 109 degrees, which is when heat stroke can occur.
SafeCar.gov has a number of tips for busy parents:
- Don’t let children play in an unattended vehicle. Teach them that a vehicle is not a play area.
- Never leave infants or children in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are partially open.
- Keep a large teddy bear or other stuffed animal in the car seat when it’s empty. Move the teddy bear to the front seat when you place the child in the seat as a visual reminder.
- If you are dropping your children off at childcare, but normally your spouse or partner drops them off, have your spouse or partner call you to make sure they were not left in the car.
- Become vigilant about looking in the vehicle before locking the door. Always look front and back before walking away.
If you happen upon a child in a hot car alone, call 911.