While the sunny, summer days may be enjoyable, they can also be deadly.
The Calgary Police Service, alongside Alberta Health Services, the Calgary Parking Authority, and the Calgary Fire Department, has issued their annual warning against vehicles owners leaving pets, kids, or any other living beings in a vehicle during these warmer months.
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The release states that anyone left inside a closed vehicle will begin to experience heat distress within only a few minutes and that the greatest increase in temperature occurs just 30 minutes after a car is turned off.
“Children suffering heat-related illness may require immediate medical intervention,” said Adam Loria, Public Education Officer with Alberta Health Services Emergency Medical Services, in the release.
“Left untreated, it could lead to heat stroke, which can be fatal. Never leave a child alone in a car – the risk is too great.”
Vehicle owners should also consider the legal ramifications if they are caught leaving pets or children in a hot car this summer, as they could face a fine of up to $25,000 and a two-year prison sentence.
“These warm summer months are meant to be enjoyed. Please don’t risk the life of a child by leaving them in a hot car,” said Glen Furtado, General Manager of the Calgary Parking Authority, in the release.
The Calgary Police Service has also included some tips for making sure that you and your loved ones stay safe during the summer.
- Never leave a child or pet alone in a vehicle, even if you think you’ll only be gone for a few minutes.
- Always check the front and back seats of the vehicle before you lock it and leave.
- When your vehicle is not in use, lock it so that children cannot get in without your knowledge.
- Place something, like your left shoe, cell phone or wallet in the back seat of your vehicle, as a reminder to check the vehicle before locking and leaving it.
- If you happen upon a vehicle with an unattended child inside, call 911 immediately. If possible, get the child out.
- If you happen upon a vehicle with an unattended pet inside, in extreme weather conditions, call 911 immediately.