Do not leave kids or pets in cars

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, May 18, 2004

I have noticed in the past few days children and pets being left alone in cars. I understand the task of waking a sleeping toddler to run an errand "for just a minute" may seen unnecessary but it can have serious consequences.

The temperature of a car in the summer months can reach dangerous levels in as little as 10 minutes, especially when the sun is beaming in through the windows. Cracking the windows does not significantly lower the inside temperature.

Heat is more dangerous to kids than adults. Their body temperature may increase three to five times faster than that of an adult, so what may seem tolerable for us may not be for a small child.

This year General Motors researchers have identified four fatalities as a result of children being left alone in a car. One of these fatalities occurred in early March in Oregon, on a day when the high temperature was less than 70 degrees.

Please do not leave your child or pet alone in a car.

Enjoy the glorious weather but take precautions to prevent an avoidable injury or tragedy.

For more information you can log on to: www.safekids.org or contact the Juneau SAFE KIDS Coalition at 465-8632. You can also get information on pets in cars from the Gastineau Humane Society at 789-0260.

Injuries are preventable.

Karen Lawfer

Juneau



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