Never Leave Kids & Pets in a Hot Car


It’s summer and Florida temperatures are rising fast! While you’re busy wiping the sweat dripping from your forehead and simultaneously complaining about what a hot and humid Florida day it is – stop and think just how hot it is inside your parked vehicle? Now imagine if a child is left inside that hot car.

Sadly, in 2015 there have already been nine child deaths due to hot cars and three of them were in Florida. In light of these statistics State Farm is raising awareness, to show us just how quickly cars can heat up and remind us that it is never safe to leave children or pets inside a vehicle alone. In a hot car, temperatures can rise 19 degrees in just 10 minutes.

Here are some safety tips from the Always Look Before You Lock safety campaign from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Safe Kids USA:

  • Always check the back seat of your vehicle before you lock it and walk away.
  • Keep a stuffed animal or other memento in your child’s car seat when it’s empty and move it to the front seat as a visual reminder when your child is in the back seat.
  • If someone else is driving your child, or your daily routine has been altered, always check to make sure your child has arrived safely.

Remember, if you would like any additional information or referrals for your family’s safety please call Switchboard at 2-1-1.