Friday, June 25, 2010

Epcot Exhibit Shows Danger of Leaving Children AND PETS in a Locked/Parked Car

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Kenny White recently wrote an article for AttractionsMagazine.  It detailed an exhibit that was at Disney's Epcot theme park for one day.

The exhibit was put on by Safe Kids Worldwide, and it showed how endangered a child (or a pet) could be when left inside a hot vehicle.

Wes Bender, an Operations Manager with Safe Kids, said Safe Kids chose Epcot because of their alliance with General Motors. Most parents aren’t aware how hot it can become inside an enclosed vehicle in a short amount of time. On the day of the event, a test car sitting in the sun outside of Test Track showed the outside temperature was 93 degrees but the temperature inside the vehicle was 176!

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is a partner in this effort.

As for animals and/or our pets, dogs and cats can't perspire and can only dispel heat by panting and through the pads of their feet.

Pets who are left in hot cars even briefly can suffer from heat exhaustion, heat stroke, brain damage, and can even die. Don't think that just because you'll be gone "just a minute" that your pet will be safe while you're gone; even an air-conditioned car with the motor off isn't healthy for your pet.

For more information on leaving your pets inside parked/locked cars during the warm months and other summer care tips, visit the Humane Society of the United States' website. Ticker


  1. Check out the site my dog is cool! You can get handouts and posters to remind people that it can get as hot a oven in the summer sun....
    I know I can't stand how you seems to hear on the news that some animals or children died because someone left them in a hot car...

    AND it still gets hot with the window down. I think anyone caught doing that -if they didn't kill the little ones should be put in a car for "just a couple minutes" and see if they understand better........... ad a jacket if they are caught leaving a animal in the car.... grrrr it realy makes me so mad...

    Opps something that really drives me crazy!!!

  2. Hey Midnite,

    I can't stand to hear about pets either. Both my Mother and myself have papers from the HSUS that we keep in our glove compartments.

    When we see an animal locked in a car, we leave it on the windshield (unless the situation is dangerous and the animal needs to come out right away).

    The original article didn't include pets, so I decided to post it on my site with the animal stuff added in because it's just as important!