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Police Urge Parents and Pet Owners to be Cognizant of the Dangers of Hot Vehicle Interiors

Posted May 25, 2017

The Sevierville Police Department (SPD) is urging parents and pet owners to be cognizant of the potential danger of leaving their children or pets in vehicles during warm weather.

Just a few minutes inside a car during the summer can become deadly. When the outside air temperature is just 85 degrees, vehicle interior temperatures can reach over 100 degrees in only ten minutes.

In the United States, serious injuries and deaths to children and pets are reported every summer. Children should NEVER be left alone in an unattended vehicle for any length of time. KidsandCars.org notes that on average, 37 children die annually from heat-related injuries while trapped inside a vehicle. For additional information visit http://www.kidsandcars.org.