Bexar County Sheriff issues car heat danger for children, pets
Temperatures inside vehicles can reach over 100 degrees in minutes
SAN ANTONIO – As the temperatures begin to rise, so do the dangers associated with children and animals left in vehicles.
Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau on Thursday addressed the risks involved with children and animals left in hot cars and offered tips to prevent such tragedies.
"In fact, a locked car turns into an oven and temperatures can climb from 75 degrees to 100 degrees in less than 10 minutes," Pamerleau said at a press conference at Animal Care Services offices.
Virginia Seal, a Girl Scout, was also at the press conference and showed the media some heat tags she created that earned her a gold star.
The heat tags are designed to protect animals from being left in cars.
"They're used as prevention and intervention…to remind people to not leave their animals behind," Virginia said.
The Bexar County Sheriff's Office also installed heat sensors in its vehicles to protect their canines.
"The windows roll down and the alarms start going off," BCSO Lt. Mike Pesses said when the heat sensors are triggered.
Pesses said the sensors were installed less than a year ago when two their canines were left in hot patrol cars.
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