High temperatures kill hundreds of people every year. Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet more than 700 people die from extreme heat every year in the United States.
The number of child hot car deaths for 2022 in the United States was 33.
So far in 2023, seven deaths have been reported, four of them being in the State of Florida. Nearly every state has experienced at least one death since 1998. Florida has experienced at least two deaths every year for the last 10 years.
In the same manner that heat is dangerous to humans, it is just as dangerous for pets. Pets should never be left unattended in hot vehicles.
Everyone should take these steps to prevent heat-related illnesses, injuries, and death during hot weather:
1. Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as you can.
2. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty.
3. Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
4. Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
5. Never leave children or pets in cars.
6. Check the local news for health and safety updates.