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New York Division of Consumer Protection Reminds New Yorkers to Never Leave Children And Pets In Hot Cars


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As New York State is hit by more heat advisories, the state’s Division of Consumer Protection is warning citizens of the dangers that children and pets face when left unattended in a hot car. 

Hot weather poses more risks to children than it does adults, as children’s bodies heat up nearly twice as fast. The Division of Consumer Protection reminds you to never leave an unattended child in a hot car, even with the windows down. If possible, use drive-through services and park in shady places. Keep your belongings in the backseat so you don’t forget about a child in a car seat. Teach your children to keep away from parked vehicles, and to alert an adult if a friend is playing unsupervised in a vehicle. 

If you do see a child locked in a hot car, immediately call 911. Recognize the signs of heatstroke, such as disorientation, unconsciousness, and rapid or shallow breathing.

For pets, these tips are very similar. Young, senior, overweight and senior animals are at the highest risk of overheating, especially if they have dark fur. Once more, never leave a pet unattended in a hot vehicle. Heat stroke symptoms for pets include heavy panting, vomiting, and lack of coordination. If you see a pet locked in a hot car, call 911. 

Since 1990, over 1,000 children have died in hot cars. In 2023 alone, 163 animals suffered heat-related deaths, and over 800 were rescued. Anyone found leaving children or pets in hot cars can face criminal charges.

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