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It's the three-day Memorial Day weekend. Twin Tire and Auto Care offers tips to keep your children and pets safe over the weekend.

It's the first long weekend of the summer holiday season. So what do you do? Pile the kids and the dogs in the car and head off on a road trip. Or take the kids and the dog to one (or more) of the many festivals and other activities in New Orleans this weekend. Or take the kids and dog when you run to the grocery store to pick up that last minute item for the barbecue.

The idea of having everyone - kids and pets - together for some fun sounds like a good idea. And it is. But it can also turn into tragedy if your child or pet is locked in a car on a hot day. And the day doesn't have to be very hot. points to two studies that show how fast a car can turn into an oven even on a mild day:

"According to a study by San Francisco State University (SFSU), temperatures in a closed automobile rose approximately 19 degrees in just 10 minutes, 29 degrees after 20 minutes, 34 degrees in 30 minutes and 43 degrees in an hour. The temperature could increase 50 degrees after a second hour.

"The Animal Protection Institute (API) conducted their own study that showed that deadly temperatures can quickly build inside a closed vehicle, even with moderately warm temperatures outside.

"The study found that even at 9 a.m. with an outside temperature of 82 degrees, the closed automobile registered 109 degrees inside. When the outside temperature rose to 112 degrees at 1:30 p.m., the closed vehicle reached 124 degrees."

Parents Central offers these tips to prevent a child-related tragedy:

  • "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."

And the American Veterinary Medical Association says it's not just heat that's a problem. Pets that are unrestrained in cars are also at risk of injury and can put the driver and passengers at risk as well. The AVMA offers these tips for pet safety:

  • "Learn more about keeping your pet safe during travel;
  • "Set a good example by leaving your pet(s) at home except when you need to have them in the vehicle;
  • "Set a good example by always properly restraining your own pet(s) while in a vehicle;
  • "Educate clients, family and friends about these issues and how they can keep their pet(s) safe."

Twin Tire and Auto Care has been the New Orleans' area's trusted car care and auto repair company since 1973. Twin Tire has three New Orleans' locations - Marrero, Hammond and Harvey - to serve you. Twin Tire also has a location in Harahan to service heavy commercial vehicles.

Twin Tire will be closed on Memorial Day and we hope you and your family (human and fur-bearing) have a safe and happy time.

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