We are extending our vehicle temperature safety inspection until June 30 2014! Stop by Desert Car Care of Chandler for a $27 Vehicle Temperature Safety Inspection and receive a Life-Meter™ child/pet vehicle awareness thermometer to display inside the vehicle.
Vehicle Temperature Safety Inspection Includes:
- Air conditioning system
- Rubber hoses and belts
- Electrical testing (additional fees may apply)
The rising temperatures add a sense of urgency to get our vehicles checked for safe travel. The most important message is to never leave your child or pet in a closed car. Heat stroke sets in quickly and every year children and pets die. They can’t open windows and cracking the windows does not help. To provide education for the entire family the Life-Meter™ shows how fast the inside temperature can change and how dangerous it is to leave them alone. IMPORTANT: This is a public education awareness tool only.
A child’s body temperature climbs three to five times faster than an adult’s, especially in a hot car. In less than 30 minutes, the temperature inside a car can increase 35 degrees. This causes hyperthermia, in its advanced state referred to as heat stroke sending thousands of children every year to emergency rooms. Pets are equally prone to suffering heatstroke. Temperature increases inside a vehicle can cause your pet to suffer irreversible brain, kidney damage and or lead to death.
“Our children, including our pets are precious family members and need to be safe when traveling,” states Frank Leutz, COO of Desert Car Care Centers. “Take the time to get your vehicle checked to reduce your chances of a heat related vehicle emergency putting your family in danger.”
Tips to keep children and pets safe:
- Leaving your child or pet in a car with the air conditioning running is dangerous. The air conditioning compressor can shut down if the engine gets too hot and blow hot air into the car.
- Key areas of vehicle to have checked. The heat is hard on rubber and batteries. Have your tires, rubber hoses, wiper blades, fluids and battery checked at least monthly.
- What to do if my vehicle breaks down? Carry plenty of water, a cooler with ice, ice packs, sun screen, cool loose clothing, towels, blankets in case you have to sit on asphalt, umbrellas for shade and a small car-battery-powered fan, collapsible drinking cup, and jumper cables are some the items to have on hand. To prevent heat stroke: For children, a damp cool rag applied to the back of the neck and aim the fan at them to cool. For pets, offer water to drink, then gently spray or apply cool, tepid water to the overheated dog. Do not use ice water, ice baths or apply ice to an overheated dog. You can apply wet, cool towels along the dog’s chest, abdomen, between its legs and around the neck and aim the fan to cool down.
- Seat belts and harness. Have them checked to make sure they are working properly. Children 5 – 8 years old or less than 4 feet 9 inches tall, should be riding in belt-positioning booster seats in the back seat. Keep animals secured in the car inside a ventilated animal crate or in a pet-safety harness.
- Let your vehicle cool down. Before loading the kids and pets in the car, turn on the air and let the vehicle cool down so that the seatbelts, leather upholstery are ok to touch.
- Hot asphalt. Children can kick off their shoes and be in a hurry to get outside and forget how hot the ground is. Veterinarians see too many dogs with burnt paw pads. Purchase an extreme all weather boot for your dogs to keep their pads safe.
- Install a side window shade. Keeping it cooler and protecting the eyes as well as allowing your child or pet to see outside.
- Lock car doors. Children like to play and an unlocked car can be deadly. Once in the car, they can become confused by the door handle’s shape and be unable to open the door from the inside. Also, children may accidentally lock doors by leaning on a power control device and be unable to get out. According to a National SAFE KIDS Campaign survey, only half of all parents lock their cars when they park at home.
- First aid kit – sunscreen, bandages in different sizes, Benadryl, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment, sterile saline (contact lens solution), roll gauze and gauze sponges, tweezers, multi-tool with scissors, adhesive tape, muzzle.
- Charged cell phone with emergency numbers of police, highway patrol and your mechanic in your cell phone and written down in the owner’s manual of your vehicle in case your cell phone battery runs down.
Desert Car Care Service Centers are a leader in the automotive industry with award winning shops in Chandler and Gilbert. ASE Certified Master technicians at all locations. We use state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technology and provide you with warranties on both parts and labor. Service excellence and long term relationships are our driving force. Desert Car Care Centers named 2012 Phoenix Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work”, 2012 Motor Age Magazine “Top Shops” nominee, 2013 “Angie’s List” Super Service Award recipient, members of NARPRO (Network of Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals), ASA (Automotive Service Association of Arizona) of which Frank Leutz serves as President, IATN (International Automotive Technicians Network) and the BBB (Better Business Bureau). For more information visit www.desertcarcare.com.