Children and Pet Safety in Vehicles

SANTA BARBARA, Ca. August 3, 2015 – It’s called hyperthermia or heatstroke, and it
can happen faster than you ever imagined. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department
reminds people that children or animals left inside a vehicle, can quickly overheat,
resulting in devastating injuries, permanent brain damage or death. More than 600
children have died in the U.S. that way since 1990.
It is never OK to leave kids or pets in a vehicle. Cracking your window will save your
upholstery, but it won’t help your child or pet. Children and pets overheat four times
faster than adults. On a day that is just 72 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature (inside a
car) can increase by 40-50 degrees in less than an hour, and 70% of this increase occurs
in the first 30 minutes.
Safeguarding your loved ones from the dangers of being locked in a car starts with
prevention. Never leave your child or pet unattended in a car, no matter how short a
period of time. Take your children with you when you get out of the car or leave them
with a reliable child care provider. The same goes for pets, shop at pet-friendly stores so
that your furry friend can come with you. If that is not possible, leave your pets at home
where they are safe. If you see a child or animal alone in a car, call 9-1-1 and stay with
the car.
The Santa Barbara County Fire Department reminds people that simple things when
overlooked can have tragic consequences. Never leave children or pets unattended in a


Captain Dave Zaniboni
Information Officer
Office 805- 681-5531
Cell 805-689-0599
News Line 805-681-5546
Twitter @SBCFireInfo

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