OKLAHOMA CITY -- It's that time of the year when temperatures begin to rise in Oklahoma. So, AAA reminds parents, caregivers and pet owners of the dangers of leaving children and pets in hot cars.
According to San Francisco State University, the inside temperature of a car can rise 19 degrees in just ten minutes. On a summer day in Oklahoma, the inside temperature of a car can reach more than 100 degrees in just a short time. Heatstroke can occur in an adult when the temperature reaches 104 degrees and death can occur at 107 degrees; for a child, it is less.
Children can not only be injured by being left in a hot car, but can also be injured by being trapped in a hot car. A car can be an inviting place for a child to play; it is imperative to make sure your car is locked when not in use.
Pet owners should also realize the danger of leaving their pet in a hot car. Cracking a window or parking your car in the shade is not enough. Before traveling with your pet, think about where you are going and if you will be making any stops. You may want to leave your pet at home.
Here are some safety tips from AAA to keep in mind as you travel this summer: