HOUSTON-- It's that time of the year when the Texas sun turns deadly.
Houston Police are warning people not to leave children and pets in hot cars.
- Never leave a child unattended in a car, no matter how briefly. The interior temperature can rise almost 20 degrees within the first 10 minutes of shutting the vehicle off.
- Don't be fooled by mild temperatures. Even when it's 60 degrees Fahrenheit outside, a car's interior can reach 110 degrees.
- Always check your back seats before locking your car. Put your cell phone or wallet in the back seat to help you remember to check.
- Keep vehicles locked so children can't accidentally crawl in. Keyless entry and ignition systems make this a greater risk, so it's important to keep key fobs in a safe place.
- If carrying child passengers, use drive-through services when available, such as at the bank, fast-food restaurants or the dry cleaner.
Call 911 if you see a child alone in an unattended vehicle. In hot weather, it may be legal in your state to break the glass to rescue a child. And don't forget—pets can be just as vulnerable to the heat. Be sure to take similar precautions when traveling with pets.