High temps in cars can be dangerous for pets, children; Ways to stay safe

MIAMI VALLEY — With record-high temperatures expected in the Miami Valley, it’s important to keep your children and pets’ safety in mind.

The National Safety Council said on average 38 children die every year from vehicular heatstroke.

More than half of those cases, according to the council, is from parents or caretakers forgetting their child in their care.

It can only take a few minutes or less, depending on how strong the sun is and how high temperatures are.

Dr. Sylvia Parks, a pediatrician at South Dayton Pediatrics, said heat stroke typically starts when your body is above 104 degrees.

Parks said problems can become permanent once your body hits above 107 degrees.

One way to prevent leaving a child in the car is to leave your bags or valuables in the back seat with them, or even a stuffed animal in the front seat with you as a reminder.

>> City of Dayton opens cooling centers due to record heat

Pets are also at risk if left in hot cars.

High temperatures can cause permanent organ damage and even death, according to the Humane Society.

According to the Humane Society, cracking your windows doesn’t do enough to reduce the heat inside your car.

Kara Hamby with the Animal Resource Center gave tips on what symptoms to look out for.

“Look out for heavy panting rapid heartbeat, staggering gait, glazed eyes, vomiting,” Hamby said.

If you see your pet having these symptoms, Hamby suggests getting cool damp clothes and putting them on your dog.

She also suggests getting them inside or in shade and making sure they are hydrated.

If need be Hamby said to take them to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

PETA reports that 13 animals have died from overheating in their owner’s cars so far this year.