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Heatstroke safety tips: Call 911 if you see a child or a pet in distress locked inside vehicle

University Health System partners up with Safe Kids San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – If you come across a pet or a child alone in a vehicle, it’s important to act fast.

“Children’s bodies just cannot acclimate to extreme temperatures the way that adults can, unfortunately, it can happen so fast for our kids,” said Jennifer Northway, a representative for University Health System. “When we see a child or a pet locked in a vehicle and they are in distress, we need to call 911 immediately.”

Important heatstroke tips:

  • A car can heat up 19 degrees within 10 minutes; and cracking a window doesn’t help.
  • A child’s body temperature can rise five times faster than an adult’s.
  • Heatstroke tragedies often happen when someone’s daily routine is changed or disrupted.
  • Never leave your child alone in a car, not even during a quick trip to the store. Keep car doors and trunks locked and keep key fobs out of reach, so kids can’t climb into cars on their own.

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Important summer safety tips to help keep kids safe

KSAT Community operates in partnership with University Health System, Energy Transfer and Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union.


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