Warning for parents: Don't leave your kids or pets in a hot car

By Christian Henson | chenson@ktalnews.tv

Published 07/11 2014 10:23PM

Updated 07/11 2014 10:31PM

Leaving a child or pet in a hot car can lead to sever injury or death.

Scott Wolverton, Shreveport Fire Department Chief of Special Operations and Safety said, "There's no amount of time that a child or pet or even an adult should be left in any car that is not running this time of year."

Megan Clays, a homemaker, says even though she checks her car when she gets out, she can see how someone could accidentally forget a child or pet.

"If they're not the parent that typically takes the child to school every day  and they're more focused on their job and what they do every day i can see them overlooking a small child, a quiet child, maybe sleeping in the back of their car", said Clay.

But nurse and mother, Regina Washington, disagrees.

"There's just nothing that's occupying my mind that's more important than saying 'Let me make sure I've got these kids'.", said Washington.

Wolverton says if you see a child or pet locked in a hot car, call 911 immediately.

Wolverton also said "Check your car before you get out this time of year just to make sure that you're not leaving your child in there and that's the reminder we'd like to get out."

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