Children and pets at risk for heat injury
By Amanda Sullivan
Summer has arrived and along with it comes higher temperatures that can put children and pets at risk if proper precautions are not taken.
Avoiding placing kids and pets at risk is the best way to prevent heat injuries from occurring.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reminds individuals to never leave a child in a vehicle — even in cooler temperatures. A car in 60 degree temperatures can rise to over 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures can climb over 20 degrees in just 10 minutes.
To help prevent heat injuries in children, the NHTSA recommends establishing habits like “looking before you lock” and ensuring children cannot access an unattended vehicle by locking the doors and keeping keys out of reach.
If you see a child left unattended in a vehicle on Fort Leonard Wood, call the Military Police at 573.596.6141.
According to Capt. Nicholas Anderson, Veterinary Treatment Facility officer in charge, pets can undergo heat injury similar to humans, and avoiding exposure is key when preventing heat injuries in pets.
“Don’t allow animals to be left unattended in cars, outside or in a house with windows closed and air conditioning off,” Anderson said. “Keeping animals from being exposed to high temperatures for prolonged periods of time, constant access to fresh and cool temperature water is important, and access to shade, breeze, and/or air conditioning is also important.”
Fort Leonard Wood Regulation 40-4 states that animals should not be left unattended in parked cars.
“If an animal is left unattended in a vehicle or outside and appears to be in distress due to heat, then the Military Police, Animal Control Division should be contacted with information about the animal, location and circumstances,” Anderson said.
The Fort Leonard Wood Military Police can be reached at 573.596.6141.