Sunday cartoon: Pets in hot cars prevention

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BURRILLVILLE – Normally, my weekly coloring cartoons and articles address kids and family safety related to multiple injury-prevention and life-saving concerns and topics. With the warmer weather finally here and the uptick in vehicle travel over the coming weeks as families begin heading to popular locations across the area; I’d like to remind everyone about vehicles and pet safety this week.

Leaving pets in hot cars and trucks is very hazardous to their health and well-being, and could cause harm and even death if they are left unattended for even a few minutes on severely hot days during the upcoming months. Leaving them alone in a hot vehicle is extremely dangerous. If you are planning on heading out for a long period of time on a hot day, it’s better to just leave your pets at home where it is safer and cooler indoors and out of the severe weather elements.

Kids can color in this pets safety coloring cartoon and draw their pets and add their names while talking about hot vehicle safety and prevention with an adult. Once it’s colored in, as always, it’s ready for your refrigerator display in your home and apartment reminding everyone about their safety – including your pets. They are also a part of your family and you want them to be safer too.

Over the coming weeks, we will be featuring pets safety content for kids and families along with our traditional and very popular kids and family safety coloring cartoons and articles, so the entire family can be safer at home and on the road during the summer months… including the furry family members.

Jim Weicherding is a Burrillville resident, and the founder and creator of an award-winning traffic safety effort Seasons of Safety. Weicherding contributes kids’ coloring cartoons, which can be printed and used to help parents discuss safety issues with their children. He has a long list of police officers and firefighters in his family and has worked with law enforcement and firefighters in a creative public safety capacity for more than two decades

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