Hot Car Safety Tips

Summer should be a time of fun and relaxation, but unfortunately, it also brings it’s own unique set of risks and dangers. On average, 37 children and hundreds of pets die every year when left unattended in hot cars. In many instances, these tragedies happen because people simply do not know the facts when it comes to heat stroke and heat safety. For example, did you know that on a 78 degree day, the temperature in your car can reach 90 degrees in the shade and 160 degrees in direct sun?

Here at Doherty Insurance Agency, we want to help you minimize risks and be responsible parents and pet owners. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you avoid these unnecessary tragedies.

For Parents:

1) Always look before you lock! Make it a habit to check your backseat before leaving your car.
2) Keep something you’ll need when you leave the car in the backseat with your child. Items like a purse or bag, one of your shoes, your house keys, or even your cell phone all work great.
3) Keep your vehicles locked at all times when not in use. Make sure car keys are out of reach of children so they don’t get into a hot car themselves.
4) Have a policy in place with your daycare provider where they call you if your child does not show up.
5) Discuss these steps with anyone who may be driving your child around, including a babysitter or relatives, like grandparents or aunts and uncles.

For Pet Owners:

1) If you’re going somewhere where you can not bring your pet, leave them at home.
2) If you’re driving with your pet for extended periods of time, bring a water dish with you so they can stay hydrated throughout the day.
3) Don’t forget that hot asphalt can be difficult on your pup’s paws. Not only can it burn paws, it can also increase their overall temperature and lead to overheating.
4) Don’t think that rolling down the windows makes it any more comfortable for your pet. Doing this has been shown to have little effect on your car’s internal temperature.
5) If you see a pet that’s alone in a locked car, first attempt to find the owners. If you are unable to do so, call your local police for assistance.

When it comes to hot cars and heat stroke, all it takes for a tragedy to happen is a few minutes. Follow these simple strategies to make sure your loved ones are protected and stay safe this summer.


Doherty Insurance Agency
21 Elm Street
Andover, MA. 01810
Telephone: 978-475-0260
Fax: 978-475-0303