As hot weather approaches, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office would like to
remind everyone that children, as well as pets, should never be left alone in a hot
Every year many parents make the unfortunate mistake of leaving children inside a
car on a hot day while running a quick errand. The results are usually devastating.
According to the latest research from the National SAFE KIDS campaign, at least 25
children die each year after being left in a hot car. On a warm day, the temperature
inside a closed vehicle can quickly rise to 120 to 140 degrees, leading to heat
stroke and death in young kids. Rolling down a window or parking in the shade
doesn’t guarantee protection either, since temperatures can still climb into the
Running the air conditioner while away is no guarantee that the car will stay cool.
Air conditioner units have been known to overheat car engines and fail in the summer
months. Warm air is then blown into the car, compounding the heat. At the same time,
leaving a running car with a small child inside is a disaster in itself waiting to
Even if you are going into a store for a couple of minutes, please do not leave
children, or pets, unattended in a hot car.