Chief of Police
2 Mudge Way
Bedford, MA 01730
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 26, 2015
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Bedford Police Department Warns Residents about Dangers to Children and Pets During Hot Weather
BEDFORD — Chief Robert Bongiorno and the Bedford Police Department would like to advise the community about keeping their children and pets safe during the warm weather months, particularly when animals are inside a vehicle.
The Bedford Police Department routinely responds to incidents in which children or pets are accidentally left in a car or when a passerby calls police after seeing a child or pet in a vehicle.
The Bedford Police Department and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration remind residents of the following:
Always Look Before You Lock
- Always check the back seats of your vehicle before your lock it and walk away.
- Keep a stuffed animal or other memento in your child’s car seat when it’s empty, and move it to the front seat as a visual reminder when your child is in the back seat.
- If someone else is driving your child, or your daily routine has been altered, always check to make sure your child has arrived safely
In just 10 minutes, a car’s interior temperature can rise 20 degrees. Even with an outside temperature of 60 degrees, the inside of a car can reach 110 degrees. If a child’s body temperature rises to 107 degrees, it can be fatal.
“The Bedford Police Department is committed to the safety of all the children in our community,” Chief Bongiorno said. “If you make a mistake, don’t panic and don’t delay. Call us right away, and we will come help.”
Temp inside car
“As first responders, our primary concern is for safety and security of our residents, including our four-legged ones,” Chief Bongiorno said. “It’s far too easy to lose track of time while shopping or running errands, and we want you to be mindful of your pet’s health as the temperatures rise.”
It is also a good idea for residents who choose to bring their pet with them in the car during the summer to bring plenty of water to drink.