Officials warn about dangers of hot cars

“I’ll be right back.”

Those simple words can mean tragedy when a child is left in a hot car. A parent dashes inside for just five minutes, which turn into 10 minutes, 15 minutes…

“Over the five minutes, the temperatures can go from 80 – 90 degrees to quickly 120 – 135 degrees which can be fatal,” said Dr. Luis Lee from the pediatric ICU at Valley Baptist Medical Center.

Lee spoke at a press conference Tuesday morning along with Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz and Harlingen Police Sergeant Sal Carmona.

They’d gathered to emphasize once again the dangers of leaving children in hot cars.

Kim Waruneck, executive director of the Humane Society of Harlingen, also urged people not to leave pets inside hot cars.