Dear Readers,

We are at the time of year when people need to remember to not leave small children or pets locked in cars on very hot days.

According to AAA, 53 children died from overheat after being left in cars in 2019.

Parents can find themselves trying to remember dozens of things at once and then they forget the one thing that is the most obvious. Then, a baby could be left in a hot car.

One case that made the news happened when a couple each thought the other had taken their baby with him or her. The father then went to a company picnic thinking that the baby was no longer in the car. After several hours in extreme heat, the baby died. It’s also not unheard of for small children to get into cars on their own and then not be able to get back out.

Recently, in the parking lot of a local store, I saw a small puppy locked in a car on a 95-degree afternoon. It was crying desperately and scratching at the windows. All of the windows were slightly open, but the outside temperature was too hot for that to help. The windows still caused a greenhouse effect, making the inside even hotter. When the outside temperature is 90 degrees, the inside of a car can reach over 100 degrees and a dog can get heatstroke and die in minutes.

Another customer and an employee had cell phones and were calling for help.

It was heartbreaking to hear how much that puppy was crying and suffering. A person wouldn’t have been able to tolerate staying in a car in that much heat, so a puppy wouldn’t have been able to, either.

If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for them.