FDOT, Humane Society remind drivers to check for children, pets before exiting hot cars

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Published: Jul. 23, 2021 at 10:30 AM EDT
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(WWSB) - As temperatures rise over the state, the Florida Department of Transportation and the Humane Society are reminding parents and pet owners to check their vehicles before they lock up and head to their destination.

“A child’s temperature rises 3-5 times faster than an adult’s. Never leave your child alone in a vehicle, even for a minute,” FDOT wrote in a post on its social media accounts.

According to the Humane Society, high temperatures can cause irreparable organ damage and even death in animals. It’s important to immediately contact law enforcement with identifying information about the vehicle. If you spot an animal or person in peril in a vehicle, it is legal in the state of Florida to remove an individual by any means necessary.

This can all be avoided if you double-check your backseat for passengers.

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