WTVM Editorials 5/29/15: Beat the Heat

WTVM Editorials 5/29/15: Beat the Heat

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - This is the time of year when we often report on children left alone inside hot cars, whether on purpose or by accident.

It's an unimaginable tragedy unless the child can be rescued in time. Luckily, a child was rescued in Opelika just a few days ago after being left in a car while the adults were eating inside a restaurant.

Now, veterinary workers at Auburn University have come up with a public service campaign that could be a real lifesaver - for kids and pets.

It's called "Beat the Heat - Check the Backseat," and the group has produced stickers to remind all of us to be alert to children or dogs left inside hot cars.

Pets are just as susceptible to heatstroke as humans, and leaving them in a car this time of year, even with a window partially open, is an invitation to disaster.

You can pick up one of the "Beat the Heat" stickers at the Auburn and Opelika chamber of commerce or the AU bookstore and put them on your car.

If we all pledge to join the effort to be on the lookout for the kids and pets, and keep their safety top of mind, we can make a difference and maybe even save lives.

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