AAA reminder about dangers children and pets in hot cars

With temperatures rising across the state, AAA is reminding drivers about the dangers of leaving children and pets in hot cars.

On average, a child dies every seven days from being left in a hot car, with many more emergencies and hospitalizations in addition to that number.

AAA Idaho spokesman Matthew Conde said a child’s body heats up 3 to 5 times faster than an adult’s, and the internal temperature of a car can increase by more than 20 degrees in as little as 10 minutes, which is a recipe for disaster, especially during the summer.

AAA Idaho urges parents to always bring their kids into a store, because even a quick errand can take longer than you think, especially if you’re distracted and in the comfort of an air-conditioned building.