Don’t Bake Your Dogs (or Kids) In The Heat

Summer may be weeks away on the calendar but if you spent any time outdoor yesterday in the Quad Cities or today anywhere across the middle of the country, it’s going to feel like summer with highs in the 80s, 90s, and close to 100 degrees.

After this blazing hot day, the temperatures will be cooling off some for many of us over the next days.ย  However, by that time, it may be too late.

This is the time to remind people that it only takes a few minutes for the inside of a car to heat up and if you’re running a short errand with your kids or your four-legged friend, the heat can kill them.

While it’s going to be very hot out there today, which is a no-brainer for not leaving your child or dog in the car while you run into the store, a tragedy can happen even when it ‘s cooler.

Temperatures inside the vehicle rise quickly.ย  How fast may shock you!

In just 10 minutes, the temperature inside the car can rise to 20 degrees higher than the outside air. In 20-30 minutes, it is about 30-35 degrees hotter inside the car and in an hour, it can be 40-50 degrees hotter in the car.

That means on a 70-degree day, the inside of the car can heat up to 120 degrees.

And, cracking the windows does little to keep the inside of the car safe from the heat.

About 40 children and between one thousand and two thousand dogs die inside cars each year in the United States from overheating accidents when parents run inside stores for just a few things.

Be safe out there today and this summer.

That concludes my public service announcement for today.

Miss ABBA loved to R-I-D-E in the car, (yes, we had to spell it out), and when I ran inside “for a few minutes”, I left the air conditioning running for her.

While I don’t mean to make light of the topic at hand, here in the drama queen on a 2009 trip to Spirit Lake, Iowa.

And, the doggie Academy Award goes to…. Miss ABBA!


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tammy Ridpath on May 27, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Anthony, I do the same with my Phil and he knows the spelling and gets excited.They are so smart. It’s a shame we have to remind people how to take care of their kids and furkids, but I’m glad you did…:)


    • Tammy,

      When we’d be getting ready to go on a trip (and almost always with Miss ABBA), we’d have to pack in one room and sneak the bags to the car. She’d get so whiny and follow you room to room thinking she was going to be left behind. ๐Ÿ™‚



  2. Posted by Kathy Markham McCoy on May 27, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I love that picture! Miss ABBA was probably saying ‘But Dad, I’m so HOT & STARVING…I need to eat NOW!”. And it was probably freezing in the AC & you’d just had lunch a half hour ago ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Kathy,

    Of course she was thinking of eating and playing. Those were her favorite things. And, she panted when it got to 65 degrees, so she probably thought she was in the desert! ๐Ÿ™‚



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