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Kids (and Pets) in Hot Cars- The Preventable Tragedy

Today is Heat Stroke Prevention Day. It’s designed to remind people of the danger of leaving children in cars.

I know, we talk this subject to death. And yet death is the result for 19 kids so far this year. The adults responsible include a hospital CEO and a foster father. And who knows HOW many animals have died?

As I've said before, Rumpy loves to lie out in the hot sun. I stay out with him and make him come in after a few minutes.

As I’ve said before, Rumpy loves to lie out in the hot sun. I stay out with him and make him come in after a few minutes.

So why DO people leave kids in cars?

A study of the phenomenon found that: 

51% – child “forgotten” by caregiver

29% – child playing in unattended vehicle

18% – child intentionally left in vehicle by adult (yes, they knew what they were doing, but didn’t think anything would happen)

1% – circumstances unknown

With animals, it’s almost always an intentional choice.

I, personally, have chewed a mama out when I saw a 6 year old left in a car. And if I see anyone alone in a car, I ask if they’re alright.

Even with the windows down, it’s too hot inside the vehicle to stay for long. A child should NEVER be left alone in a car, even for a minute. A child 14 years old has died of heat stroke after having been left in a hot car, so don’t assume because they CAN get out, they won’t become a victim.

With all this publicity about the dangers of leaving living creatures in hot cars, the fact remains that it still happens far too often. A woman in Orlando was recently charged with child cruelty when she knowingly left her infant in the car while taking her 9 year old child to a doctor’s appointment. Why? Because the infant was sleeping and she didn’t think she’d be in the doctor’s office that long. That child, fortunately, lived.

If you are a parent, I encourage you to set up a reminder system to make sure you never leave your child in the car. And don’t say it’ll never happen to you, because it can. One of the best systems I’ve heard of is leaving your left shoe in the back seat if a child is in the car. Then you’ll have to look in the back to get your shoe and will see the child.

And never, NEVER leave a child or an animal alone in a car, even for a minute. 

If you DO see a child or animal left in a car, call law enforcement and intervene as circumstances require. Don’t worry about what will happen to you. Whatever it is, it won’t be near as bad as what will happen to that kid or animal if you do nothing.

 

 

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37 thoughts on “Kids (and Pets) in Hot Cars- The Preventable Tragedy

  1. Great post. So tragic to hear of these awful deaths, of both children and pets. So preventable. I like the shoe idea. People are in too much of a hurry these days and need to slow down and THINK!

    Posted by catchats | July 31, 2014, 6:44 AM
  2. Good advice and great post! I think that the idea to leave your left shoe in the back seat is really great! This is a serious problem here, too….we can’t loose our precious because of the heat….we should try to help each other eyeing on the other cars, too.

    Posted by eripanwkevin | July 31, 2014, 7:43 AM
  3. I did once see the following on a car window: “Engine is running and air conditioner is on full blast. Radio is on, and tuned to Classic Rock. Dog enjoys AC/DC but can’t stand Nicki Minaj. Don’t break window, I’ll be right back.”

    Posted by bitcodavid | July 31, 2014, 8:01 AM
  4. Altough we all should know it, I saw the first dog in a “glowing” car. But this time the rotten tomato for that goes not to France, this one goes to UK. I asked the the sales person and she was so kind to page them via the store-system (probably the owners will hate me now or they think I have a screw loose, but I couldn’t walk away as I saw the pup in the car)

    Posted by easyweimaraner | July 31, 2014, 8:04 AM
  5. Uh oh! The link above is to the .png file, not the voting page. Finding the voting page through their site is a task for better men than me. Don’t like putting links in comments – hopefully WP will let it through the spam filter, but here’s the actual voting link:

    http://petties.dogtime.com/login

    Posted by bitcodavid | July 31, 2014, 8:09 AM
  6. In my opinion, there’s no such thing as reminding people too much about this. Yes, it’s been publicized enormously, but we still see so many reports of kids and pets dying in cars! I just don’t understand it. I think it’s great that you keep the subject alive.

    Posted by raisingdaisy | July 31, 2014, 9:12 AM
  7. Reblogged this on Annabelle Franklin, Author: Messages from Millie and commented:
    Please don’t cook us!!

    Posted by annabellefranklinauthor | July 31, 2014, 9:13 AM
  8. Great post! I love the idea of leaving the left shoe in the back seat.
    … or perhaps leaving the smart phone in the back seat would solve more than one serious issue!
    Val

    Posted by Val Boyko | July 31, 2014, 9:37 AM
  9. Thank you for this Rumpy! I’ve had to call the police (who send animal control out) a number of times because someone left their dog in the car while they went grocery shopping. The manager of the grocery store never did anything about it. They wouldn’t even put the flyer up that I offered them. Generally, the people would come back for their dog long before animal control arrived arrived. But usually, there was always someone else who had left their dog in the car and so I send animal control to them instead.

    Posted by Nature by Dawn | July 31, 2014, 9:51 AM
    • Recently a video was posted on YouTube of people breaking a vehicle window to remove a child from a hot car. But, amazingly, they didn’t call law enforcement. Instead, they allowed the mother to leave with the child. That bothered me.

      Posted by rumpydog | July 31, 2014, 9:53 AM
  10. It’s just so sad but such an important issue to shine a light on. Thanks Rumpy!

    Posted by scoochyourpooch | July 31, 2014, 11:33 AM
  11. you know, I don’t even know what to say about this stuff anymore. It happens far to often, and it is just horrible!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

    Posted by Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady | July 31, 2014, 12:36 PM
  12. Important post, to avoid unavoidable devastating situations.

    Posted by The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap | July 31, 2014, 6:23 PM
  13. It has become an everyday occurrence to read stories about animals or children forgotten in vehicles. Hoe many of these people have forgotten their phones in the car? Just saying!!!

    Posted by corkscot | July 31, 2014, 7:07 PM
  14. Reblogged this on Jeanne Owens, author and commented:
    A very important reminder! Don’t leave kids or pets in cars, please!

    Posted by jowensauthor | July 31, 2014, 7:46 PM
  15. Reblogged this, since it’s such an important thing to remember

    Posted by jowensauthor | July 31, 2014, 7:46 PM
  16. Unfortunately, Jen, this is a reminder that needs repeating. A baby died in our area when the dad forgot he left his child in the car. A man in another state is accused of intentionally leaving his child in the car and the child died. It is preventable. But some people are so overwhelmed trying to juggle too many things at the same time that these fatal results do occur.

    Posted by earthriderjudyberman | July 31, 2014, 9:16 PM
  17. Thank you for blogging about this. Sadly, it happens way too often, and it bears repeating again and again. And again.

    We’ve been voting every day!

    Posted by meowmeowmans | July 31, 2014, 9:33 PM
  18. No matter how many times you tell people the dangers of leaving kids or dogs in a car with the windows up, they do it anyway. Some people are stupid.

    Posted by Hi folks. It's BJ Pup | July 31, 2014, 9:54 PM
  19. Fantastic site you have here but I was curious
    if you knew of any forums that cover the same topics discussed here?
    I’d really like to be a part of group where I can get advice from other experienced people that share the same interest.
    If you have any recommendations, please let me know.
    Thank you!

    Posted by Www.Facebook.Com/LeagueOfWarHackCheats | July 31, 2014, 10:03 PM
  20. Yes, read those stats recently about kids and was saddened.

    Posted by Animalcouriers | August 1, 2014, 2:43 AM
  21. One can never stretch enough the importance of this. Accidents like these still happen far too often, yet many people continue to make the same mistakes.

    Posted by Traveling Cats | August 1, 2014, 6:42 AM
  22. Great post. This is is such an important topic!

    Posted by Marc-André | August 1, 2014, 8:19 AM
  23. This is one of those incredibly important messages folks keeps thinking everyone knows, but then we’re surprised at either how easy it is to be distracted, or how horrible it is to be ignorant. Many thanks for bringing this up at a most critical time of the year. Cheers!

    Posted by peakperspective | August 3, 2014, 1:55 PM
  24. Many years ago I accidentally left my little Yorkshire Terrier in the car for about eight minutes before I remembered and bolted back at about 100 kms an hour. She was fine but I was shaking like a leaf. She’d been very quiet on the back floor and I just forgot I’d brought her with me to pick the kids up. It’s awful to think people do it intentionally.

    Posted by Pinky Poinker | August 4, 2014, 1:53 AM

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Hi! My name is Rumpy, and I am an Alaskan Malamute. I used to live in Middle Tennessee, but now my family and I reside in southeast Alabama. I have this cool blog that I started in 2011. Here at rumpydog.com we talk about all things animal, with a focus on animal welfare and responsible animal companion guardianship. But we also like to throw in a heaping helping of cute! cute! cute! I mean, how could you look at me and not melt, right?

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