I am obsessed – I admit it. Or obsessive?
Yesterday as I was leaving work (my office space is above a Trader Joe’s) I noticed that the woman who parked in my parking space left her dog in her black BMW with the windows cracked maybe 3 inches. The air quality was terrible yesterday – it was hot and humid – easily in the 80s with a humidity percentage of 78. My car felt like an oven. I felt compelled to park and find her in the store and tell her that she was putting her dog’s health in jeopardy. Let me assure you I was not warmly received.
For you caring and dog savvy folk out there I KNOW car safety is a no-brainer, but for a lot of the “mainstream” dog owning public it apparently is not.
So, please forward this to friends and family who might not be aware they need to be educated.
From the Humane Society of the United States website:
“On a warm, sunny day windows collect light, trapping heat inside the vehicle, and pushing the temperature inside to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree Fahrenheit day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within ten minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. At 110 degrees, pets are in danger of heatstroke. On hot and humid days, the temperature in a car parked in direct sunlight can rise more than 30 degrees per minute, and quickly become lethal.”
A relatively recent (2005) Stanford University Medical Center study titled, PARKED CARS GET DANGEROUSLY HOT, EVEN ON COOL DAYS…., found that on days with a high of 72, the temperature in a car can spike to 96 degrees.
“Their results, published in the July issue of the journal Pediatrics, showed that a car’s interior can heat up by an average of 40 degrees F within an hour, regardless of ambient temperature. Eighty percent of the temperature rise occurred within the first half-hour.”
Even scarier, this study found that leaving the a/c on in your car only delays the temperature spike by 5 minutes!
From the San Francisco State University Department of Geosciences Study (2007) HYPERTHERMIA DEATHS OF CHILDREN IN VEHICLES:
Average elapsed time and temperature rise
10 minutes ~ 19 deg F
20 minutes ~ 29 deg F
30 minutes ~ 34 deg F
60 minutes ~ 43 deg F
1 to 2 hours ~ 45-50 deg F
“Cracking” the windows had little effect
Vehicle interior color probably biggest factor
From the Animal Protection Institute Study HOW HOT DO CARS GET:
Dogs do not have the best cooling system – this is a fact. “Panting and drinking water helps cool them, but if they only have overheated air to breathe, dogs can suffer brain and organ damage after just 15 minutes.” [HSUS]
Please be smart – do not leave your dog in the car unattended with the windows cracked on a hot day. You wouldn’t consider leaving a child, would you?
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Thanks for listening!