Don’t leave children, pets in cars

Posted Friday, May. 24, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Don’t leave little ones or pets inside parked cars during hot weather, Arlington police urge as part of a public campaign.

“In Texas, it is too hot to leave your pets and your children in the car,” police spokeswoman Cheryel Carpenter said.

Arlington police, the Arlington Animal Shelter and Cornerstone Outreach Church are working together to raise awareness. The campaign emphasizes that heat is a leading weather-related killer.

Every summer, children and pets die of hyperthermia because they were left inside a parked car. The campaign’s launch coincided with National Heat Safety Awareness Day, which was Friday.

It comes a week after a 1-year-old girl died in Dallas after being left in a locked car for hours. The mother, an elementary school teacher in Dallas, told police that she thought she had dropped the girl off at day care.

“So many times they are rushing from Point A to Point B,” Carpenter said. “We don’t want to see that happen in Arlington.”

Carpenter said the group is also trying to tie into the National Weather Service campaign “Beat the heat. Check the back seat.”

“It’s already hot,” Carpenter said.

The weather service says the temperature inside a car can rise 20 degrees in 10 minutes. It can rise 50 degrees in an hour.

The message is being promoted on social media and an email subscription service available to Arlington residents. Arlington officers are also available to discuss the issue at schools, day-care centers and recreation centers.

“It gets hot inside your vehicle. We don’t want any fatalities,” Carpenter said. “We don’t want to see our animals or children killed by a simple act of negligence.”

Diane Smith, 817-390-7675 Twitter: @dianeasmith1

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