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Kids and canines

Summer is the season for road trips both long and short. If you have kids or pets, it’s important that you know how to keep them safe around and in your vehicle.

The number one rule for summer auto safety is never, ever leave a child or animal unattended in a car. Even if the windows are rolled down, even if the car is still running, the risk is too great and the dangers are real. Here are some of the possible dilemmas and ways you can avoid them.

Heat strokes are very common in children left in hot cars. What most people don’t realize is that the temperature inside a car increases 20 degrees within 10 minutes. Children’s bodies aren’t able to cool down as effectively as adults, and their bodies heat up three to five times faster than grown adults. This puts them at a higher risk for heat stroke. Animals are also at a high risk for this. Some signs that your pet might be having a heat stroke are excessive panting, wobbly movement, or vomiting. Always take babies and animals inside with you or leave them at home with a responsible adult.

Another danger is backing over a child or a pet. To avoid causing a serious injury to a loved one, make sure you walk around the vehicle before entering. Know where the child or pet is and if possible have someone hold them out of the way. It’s also important to teach your children to never play around vehicles. If they know the dangers, it will help them stay away.

Make sure you keep your keys out of reach of children. Kids can get into cars, fall, get trapped inside, or cause a rollaway. All of these can be fatal to children, and they could possibly hurt others in the process.

Keep everyone safe this summer on and off the road. Take the necessary precautions to keep your babies, puppies and kittens alive and healthy. Contact TBC Accident Care for more information on auto safety.

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