It’s now July, the hottest month of the year in Colorado, and if you’re planning on taking a child or pet with you on an errand, never, ever leave them in a parked car, even for a short time. According to the Colorado Dept. of Human Services, cars can reach up to 155 degrees and a child left inside can die of heat stress in as little as 15 minutes. Also, if you see a child left alone in a hot car, call 911 immediately. You can find this and more information at the Dept. of Human Services’ Summer Heat Dangers webpage, which also includes a link to an illustrated diagram and fact sheet from the Denver Post entitled “When Cars Become Coffins.” This information focuses on children, but pets also suffer and can die when left in left in cars. So protect your children and pets during these hot summer months- take them in with you on your errands, or leave them at home.