The summer sun and the summer heat are back, and hotter than ever! So our Orlando Automotive Family team at Toyota of Orlando and Toyota of Clermont want to go over some car safety rules. We’re going to talk about why it’s never ok to leave kids or pets in a hot car!
The truth about hot cars
There are certain items that you need to take out of your hot car, but those can be replaced. When it comes to the life of a pet or a child that’s a lot more serious! Both children and pets are not able to fend for themselves. When they’re left in a car they have no way of escaping when it gets too hot for them, since they’re not able to open the door on an Orlando new Toyota.
A lot of people don’t realize that the temperature inside of a vehicle can get extremely hot very quickly, even when the outdoor temperature is cool. In just 10 minutes when the outside temperature is in the low 80’s, cars indoor temperature can reach 100 degrees! So just imagine a hot car in the Orlando heat! And it’s also commonly thought that cracking a cars window will prevent this from happening. Sadly, that’s not the case. Hot air will still be trapped in your vehicle extremely dangerous! Here are a few things to remember about hot cars:
- On average, 25 kids die from being left in cars by getting heat stroke.
- Since pets don’t dispose of heat as easily as humans, it only takes 10 minutes of being left in a car for pets to be in danger of getting heat stress.
- Even when pets are trapped in a car for a short amount of time, they are in danger of getting brain damage or possibly dying.
Protect kids and pets in Orlando
Including Florida, 29 states have some sort of state legal statute that either prohibits leaving pets in a car or protects a good Samaritan from being sued if they damage a vehicle while getting a trapped animal that’s in danger of serious injury or death out.
Hot cars in the Orlando area fall under Florida Statute 768.139. This states that the person who rescues a domestic animal or a vulnerable person from a motor vehicle will be immune from civil liberty. Here are some of the highlights from this State Stature.
- Determine that the vehicle is locked and there is no way for them to exit.
- Has good faith to enter the vehicle to prevent to protect them from suffering harm.
- Calls 911 before you enter the vehicle or thereafter.
- Don’t use more force than necessary to enter the vehicle
- Remain the vulnerable person or domestic animal until law enforcement or a first responder arrives.
Our Orlando Automotive Family team hopes that you learned something about the danger of hot cars from this article! Remember to keep an eye out for domestic animals and kids that are left in cars and need your help. Have a safe summer everyone!