Leaving children or pets in hot cars can lead to death

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People are reminded not to leave children inside vehicles. With the temperatures headed into the 90s, leaving children in a vehicle can lead to death. As the temperature inside a vehicle can escalate by 15 degrees in just 10 minutes and with the hot temperatures and high humidity death can come very quickly.

Even if you leave the windows rolled down some, the temperatures inside a vehicle can become deadly. Please take children in the store or leave them at home as it would be better than death.

In Tennessee, it is fully legal to break into an unattended vehicle if you see that a child has been left in the automobile alone. A law was passed in 2014 allows for good Samaritans to rescue children from hot cars if the vehicle is locked and the child is in imminent danger. The person rescuing the child or children must call 911 or law enforcement before forcing their way into the vehicle.


When temperatures outside exceeded 86 degrees F, the internal temperatures of the vehicle can quickly reached 134 to 154 degrees F. Heat stroke may occur when a body temperature passes 104 degrees Fahrenheit. This can overwhelm the brain's temperature control, causing symptoms such as dizziness, disorientation, agitation, confusion, seizure, and/or death.


On average, 38 children die in hot cars each year from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside motor vehicles.

Even the best of parents or caregivers can unknowingly leave a sleeping baby in a car; and the end result can be injury or even death.

Anyone seeing children left in a vehicle without the air conditioner running are ask to call 911.

Animals in locked cars:

As of 2015, residents cal also break into hot cars if an animal has been left unattended and is in imminent danger. However, the person seeking to save a pet must call law enforcement first.


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