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Be smart in the heat

With warmer weather comes the danger of leaving a child or pet in a hot car.
Taken from "Parents leave children in a car for lack of understanding about how sick they can get and how quickly they can get sick," says Christopher Haines, DO, director of pediatric emergency medicine at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.
“On a day that is just 72 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature [inside a car] can increase by 30 to 40 degrees in an hour, and 70 percent of this increase occurs the first 30 minutes. Heat stroke may occur when body temperature passes 104 degrees Fahrenheit. That overwhelms the brain's temperature control, causing symptoms such as dizziness, disorientation, agitation, confusion, sluggishness, seizure, loss of consciousness, and/or death.”
It only takes a few moments to harm or kill a child or pet.
Rolling the windows down is no substitute for either leaving your pet at home or taking your child inside the store. This is a tragedy that is easily avoided. Don’t risk your loved ones' life because you are in a hurry.

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