HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Everyone year, hundreds of pets die in hot parked cars. And a child dies every ten days on average from heatstroke after being left in a hot vehicle. Frightening statistics. “Yelp for Help!” That’s the name of a public service announcement that will be playing over the speaker system in supermarkets and malls warning shoppers about the dangers of leaving pet and children in hot cars.
Rescue Pets From Hot Cars is the first to present an in-store education tool reminding people of the dangers of leaving their four legged friends of children inside dangerous cars on a hot summer’s day. The audio PSA features Fido whimpering as a reminder of the potential consequences for heat exhaustion, organ failure or worse death.
Safe Kids Worldwide, reports 14 percent of adults admit to leaving infants and toddlers alone in a parked vehicle. And cars heat up incredibly fast. If the outside temperature is 70° F in just ten minutes time the temperature inside your vehicle can rise almost 20° F. Cracking the windows down makes no difference since pets and kids are still at risk for heat exhaustion, organ failure or death.
The message is clear: love them, don’t leave them.