Beaverton Police Department: Summer sun can turn cars into ovens

By Police Staff

The sun is here, and that means we need to take prevention steps to avoid heatstroke in our children and pets.

Cars can heat up quick!

It is never okay to leave your children alone in a car for any reason. Even with temperatures in the mid-60s, the inside of your vehicle can reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit. When the temperature is 80 degrees, the inside of your vehicle can reach 99 degrees, in just 10 minutes. Research shows rolling down your windows has little effect on the inside temperature.

Heatstroke is one of the leading causes of non-crash-related fatalities among children. Heatstroke starts when the core body temperature reaches 104 degrees and is lethal at 107 degrees.

Look before you lock.

Make it a habit to ensure everyone is out of your vehicle before you lock it up. Nearly 3 in 10 heatstroke deaths happen when an unattended child gains access to a vehicle, so always keep your vehicle locked.

Take action if you notice a child unattended in a vehicle. Stand by with the child and call emergency services immediately to help ensure the child’s safety.

Heatstroke can also be deadly for our pets.

Please don’t leave your pets unattended in your vehicle. As temperatures rise in your vehicle your pet can suffer irreversible organ damage or die.

According to the Humane Society, humidity can also affect your pets. Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes away heat from their body. If the humidity is too high, then they are unable to cool themselves.

If you see a pet left in a vehicle, and you notice it’s in distress, please right down the license plate number and call emergency services.

Limit pet exercise on hot days and don’t rely on a fan to cool your dog. Dogs sweat primarily through their feet so a fan won’t offer the same cooling effects to them, as it does for you.

Provide pets with lots of cool water and shade if they are going to be outside. A dog house won’t provide heat relief for your pet, in fact, it makes it worse. So on hot days, move your pet to the shade or an air-conditioned area.

Please help us at Beaverton Police Department to keep everyone safe this summer.

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