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Children And Pets Require Extra Safety During Extreme Heat

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - As the weather continues to warm up, 6 News would like to remind you not to leave children or pets in parked cars.

Every year it's a serious problem. When drivers forget how fast a car can heat up, it jeopardizes the safety of children and animals.

It's an issue animal control officers say they've already got calls on this week and it's a potentially deadly issue that can be easily prevented.

6 News Shelby Miller is outside. She joins us live to show us just how dangerous it can be.

It's about 80 out right now and while the warmer weather may feel better, the heat gets amplified inside a parked car.

Rather than just telling you we want to show you how hot it gets. Just about an hour ago we put a thermometer inside this car and in that time it's risen to 110 degrees.

As we make our way toward summer this is a great reminder to never leaves kids or pets inside your car when it's not running for any amount of time.

These temperatures aren't just dangerous, they're potentially deadly.

‘If it's 85 degrees outside it takes 10 minutes to get to 102 degrees inside the car and in a half an hour it gets to approximately 120 degrees and that's even with the windows cracked, so obviously leaving an animal in the car as it gets warmer is not a great idea. We want to discourage people from doing that,” said Ashley Hayes, volunteer and special events liaison, Ingham County Animal Control.

Animal control officers say in the summer they get anywhere between two to 20 calls a week about animals left in hot cars.

Remember, even if the windows are cracked or your car is sitting in the shade, temperatures inside the vehicle climb to dangerous levels in just minutes.

If you see a child or an animal inside a parked car and you fear they've been in there for too long, officers recommend you get the vehicle's information and look for the parents.

If you can't find anyone, call police or animal control.
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