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CINCINNATI, Oh. –With a heat advisory in effect for the entire region from noon to 8 p.m. today, AAA is reminding motorists about the dangers of leaving children and pets in hot cars. According to the National Weather Service, heat and humidity will make it feel like 100 degrees.
“Drivers may think it’s okay to leave children and pets unattended in a vehicle while they run a quick errand,” says Jenifer Moore, AAA spokeswoman. “The decision to choose perceived convenience over safety can have tragic consequences.”
Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash-related fatalities for children 14 and younger, with an average of 37 fatalities per year since 1998.
Between 1998 and 2017, 19 children in Ohio have died as a result of vehicular heat stroke.
Between 1998 and 2017, 17 children in Kentucky have died as a result of vehicular heat stroke.
Some scary statistics:
AAA Urges Motorists To ACT:
Hot Cars & Pets
When it comes to heatstroke, your animals are also at risk. Leaving them in a vehicle while you run into a store, take a break at a rest stop during a family road trip or for any other reason, can have deadly consequences.
Animals left in hot cars can face irreversible organ damage, heat stroke, brain damage and death.
Signs of heatstroke in dogs and cats can include:
Animals also face increased risk when they have factors like age (very young, very old), obesity, poor heart/lung conditioning, are a short-nosed, flat-faced breed, or have a thick hair coat.
In 2016, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill 215 into law allowing a person to break into a hot car to save a minor or pet. The law allows immunity from civil liability for any damage resulting from the forcible entry of a vehicle to save a minor or pet as long as the person takes the follow steps:
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