Driving safety: Protecting children and pets

On hot days, the temperature inside vehicles can climb rapidly and may exceed 100 degrees. Be very careful with children and pets — even when you’re at home and the car is parked.

Never leave your child unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows down.

Teach children not to play in, on, or around cars.

Always lock car doors and trunks — even at home — and keep keys out of children’s reach.

Always make sure all child passengers have left the car when you reach your destination. Don’t overlook sleeping infants.

When securing your child in a safety restraint system in a car that has been parked in the heat, check to make sure seating surfaces and equipment (child safety seat and safety belt buckles) aren’t too hot.

Use a light covering to shade the seat of your parked car. Consider using shades on windows.

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