State Police & Fire Safety Series #1: Hot Cars

State Police & Fire Safety Series #1: Hot Cars

(Michigan State Police, June 24, 2018)

Michiganders and visitors alike are urged to make safety a top priority in all seasonal activities while enjoying Pure Michigan at home or on the road. Summer safety tips from Michigan State Police Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue and State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer will help ensure we have a great time and stay safe. Common sense, a watchful eye on the kids, and ongoing vigilance in every activity will help you and the entire family have fun and avoid potential mishaps or worse, tragedies.

Hot cars

“Hot cars can kill. It’s never, under any circumstance, okay to leave a child in a parked vehicle unattended,” said Etue. “If you see someone or a pet trapped in a hot car, notify authorities immediately.”

-Always check the vehicle for passengers and pets after parking.

-The inside of a parked car can soar to 120 degrees in minutes on a 78-degree day; and reach 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes on a 90-degree day.

–Heat stroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related death for children 14 years old and younger.

-If you see a person or pet trapped in a hot car, have the driver paged in the nearby store and/or call 911 immediately.

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