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Every year in Las Vegas, summer safety is a big concern. You can help spread the word by using the social hashtag #SummerSafe. Brought to you by our proud partner, United Nissan. Click here to visit our Facebook page and join in on the conversation.

This month's focus is on kids and pets in cars

Every summer, heartbreaking and preventable deaths happen when children are left alone in hot cars. More than 600 U.S. children have died that way since 1990, according to the nonprofit safety group Kids and Cars. 

These cases happen when kids are left unattended in a hot car -- sometimes because the driver forgot the child was there -- or when kids get into unlocked cars without any adult knowing it happened. Within minutes, they can be in danger. 

1. No Exceptions, No Matter How Brief

  • Some parents may not want to take their child in and out of their cumbersome car seat for what they believe will be a quick stop. But the stakes are too high.
  • It is never OK to leave kids or pets in a car -- even with the windows down.
  • There is no safe amount of time to leave children alone in the car. Kids are more susceptible and at higher risk for heat-related illness and injury than adults because their bodies make more heat relative to their size and their abilities to cool through sweating are not as developed as adults.
  • As a result, just a few minutes can be extremely dangerous -- even fatal -- for a small child.

2. Know What Can Go Wrong

  • On a day that is just 72 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature [inside a car] can increase by 30 to 40 degrees in an hour, and 70% of this increase occurs the first 30 minutes," he says.
  • Heat stroke may occur when body temperature passes 104 degrees Fahrenheit. That overwhelms the brain's temperature control, causing symptoms such as dizziness, disorientation, agitation, confusion, sluggishness, seizure, loss of consciousness, and/or death.

3. Bystander? Get Involved

If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle, call 911 immediately. If they are in distress due to heat, get them out as quickly as possible .Unfortunately, some child carriers have hoods, so you can't tell if there is a child in the seat. Developing alarm systems that sound if a child's seat belt is left fastened when the door shuts may be helpful in the future.

  • Never leave kids alone in a hot car, even briefly.
  • Always check the front and back seats of the car before you lock it and leave.
  • See a kid alone in a hot car? Call 911 immediately. Get them out ASAP if they are in distress.
  • Put your purse, briefcase, or something else you need by the car seat so you don't forget to check.
  • Always lock your car when it's empty so kids can't get in without you knowing.

Pets Left in Hot Cars:

Every year, pets suffer and die when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car—even for "just a minute"—while they run an errand. Parked cars are deathtraps for pets: On a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes.

Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes. Beating the heat is extra tough for dogs because they can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads.
If you see a pet left alone in a hot car, take down the car's color, model, make, and license plate number. Have the owner paged in the nearest buildings, or call local humane authorities or police. Have someone keep an eye on the pet. 

Don't leave the scene until the situation has been resolved.

Signs an animal is suffering from a heat-related illness include:

  • Excessive panting
  • Excessive drooling
  • Increased heart rate
  • Trouble breathing
  • Disorientation
  • Collapse or loss of consciousness
  • Seizure
  • Respiratory arrest


What should people do if they see a dog in a hot car?

  1. If the dog looks distressed (see above signs of heat-related illness), call the police, the local animal control agency or 911 right away.
  2. Leave your name and phone number with the person who takes the call in case the responding officers need more information.
  3. Go inside the nearest business(es) and ask the manager to make an announcement
Use #SummerSafe to see what others are posting online and remember to have fun but stay Summer Safe!

Locally in 2013 this activity resulted in an average of one death every six days

What's this deadly activity?

Crossing the road.

Sixty people were killed last year crossing Clark County roads.

Drivers: Have you almost hit a pedestrian because the person came out of nowhere? It's going to happen but if you heed these rules you won't be subject to causing a pedestrian accident.

  • Look to the right and left of the sidewalks before turning on a red light
  • Be alert and make eye contact with pedestrians
  • Be especially attentive around schools and in neighborhoods where children are active
  • Don't pass a car stopped for pedestrians- it's against the law

Pedestrians: Have you almost been hit by a driver who wasn't paying attention? There will always be drivers who don't see you for one reason or another so stay safe by following these rules.

  • Obey signs and signals
  • Look left, right, and left again when crossing. Keep looking as you cross
  • Never allow children to cross streets alone
  • Be noticed. At night use a flashlight or wear bright clothing or reflective materials
  • As pedestrians, children are at great risk of injury or death from traffic crashes due to their small size, inability to judge distances and speeds and lack of experience with traffic rules
  • Parking lots can be as dangerous as the streets, look both ways when walking through a parking lot or garage

Past SummerSafe tips:

Pool safety. For millions of Americans, swimming pools and spas are great places for families to spend time together having fun. Yet it's important to ensure everyone stays safe in and around pools and spas.

Facts (statistics from the Clark County Government):

  • Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children in Clark County.
  • In the time it takes to answer the phone, a child can drown.
  • It takes about 4-6 minutes for a submerged child to drown or sustain permanent damage.
  • The majority of drowning deaths occur in the family pool.

8 safety tips from Red Cross:

  1. Secure your pool with appropriate barriers. Completely surround your pool with a 4-feet high fence or barrier with a self-closing, self-latching gate.
  2. If your child is missing, check the pool first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
  3. Never let anyone swim alone.
  4. Learn CPR and teach everyone at your home on how and when to use it.
  5. Ensure the pool has compliant drain covers.
  6. Have life-saving equipment such as life rings or reaching poles available for use.
  7. Install a door alarm from the house to the pool area.
  8. Maintain proper chemical levels, circulation and filtration. Regularly test and adjust the chemical levels to minimize the risk of earaches, rashes or more serious diseases.

Use the ABC's of pool safety

  • A = Adult Supervision (adults age 18 and above)
  • B = Barriers (fences, alarmed gates, etc.)
  • C = Classes (CPR, pool safety classes)
  • D = Devices (floatation rings, long poles)

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