Maryland Blogger: Don't Leave Kids or Pets in a Hot Car

Don't Leave Kids or Pets in a Hot Car

Don't Leave Kids or Pets in a Hot Car


In the state of Maryland, it is against the law to leave a child under the age of 8 unattended in a car, unless a reliable caregiver (at least 13 years old) remains with the child.

When a child, or even a pet, is left unattended in a hot car, temperatures inside the vehicle can surpass 100 degrees. That's why officials say it is so important for residents to stay vigilant and call 911 if they see a child or a pet left unattended in a car.


Tips To Prevent Accidentally Leaving Your Child in the Car

  • Set your cell phone alarm to ring every few minutes at the time that you usually arrive to work.
  • Place your purse, wallet, work documents or cell phone in the back seat with your child so you will remember to go to the backseat before leaving the car.
  • Ask your child care provider to call you immediately if your child is not dropped off at
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Comment balloon 18 commentsRoy Kelley • June 25 2019 02:44PM


Good Morning Roy Kelley and thanks for the tips.  It is the time of year that dogs or babies are left in a hot car.  What is wrong with some people.


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 5 months ago

This is a huge problem here in AZ where the temperatures can get over 100 degrees regularly. Even 5 minutes in a hot car can be deadly.

Interestingly I was just driving a new rental car and every time you shut the car off the digital screen would flash "Check the back seat for items". Sometimes the item can be a child.

Posted by Joseph Domino 480-390-6011, Real Estate Made Easy (HomeSmart) 5 months ago


Fortunately,  I have not seen that happen in our neck of the woods, and I hope this message is something everyone heeds.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 5 months ago

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 5 months ago

HI Roy... what a great reminder... of course, each year I'm appalled to hear stories of how many kids and dogs have been left in hot cars while their parents "forget."

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 5 months ago

Hello Roy - you would think messages like this would be clearly evident but obviously it needs to be reinforced on a regular basis. 

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 5 months ago

Roy Kelley, I am happy you included the beautiful flower with your post as the sorrow and tragedy in your post is almost too overwhelmingly sad to think about. 
One Internet site on Child Vehicular Heatstroke Deaths reports the following"
     Year 2018:    The worst year with 52 reported deaths  -
     Year 2019:    38 children's deaths - (one every 9 days) -
     Year 2017:    43 children's deaths -
     Year 2016:    39 children's deaths -
Roy, your posts, such as this, can save lives.

Posted by Jane Chaulklin-Schott, TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836 (TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766) 5 months ago

Jane Chaulklin-Schott 

Thank you very much for sharing the statistics. We are having the first really hot weather in Maryland and it is a good time for safety reminders.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 5 months ago

Good afternoon Roy - this is very serious.  Thanks for reminding everyone.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 5 months ago

It's good that you're highlighting this Roy. Leaving a child or pet in a hot car can have tragic outcomes as we've seen too many times on the news.

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 5 months ago

Hi Roy Kelley - 

If a child is left unattended in a closed up car in AZ you better believe that a window will be knocked out and that child rescued and the police will be waiting when for the person to return to take them in. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 5 months ago

Great post and awesome tips to remember. I saw a post about this on the news but it was a child. Thanks for sharing the tips.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) 5 months ago

I was just reading the statistics posted by Jane Chaulklin-Schott .  It's really quite sad that we need to keep drumming this message home.  But, we do!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 5 months ago

Roy- there has already been one death of an infant who was left in their car. That's one too many!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 5 months ago

When we are at the car and we feel hot, we turn the AC or bring the windows down and still the heat won't be down instantly. I don't get people who leave their pets at the car and slide the windows(a little bit) for air. How much more for our pets?

Posted by Leif Price, Blogger at Chirpy Home (Chirpy Home) 5 months ago

Roy Kelley - Sadly, it happens all too frequently here in TX and it breaks my heart to hear this type of tragedy which should and could be avoided.  

This is a great public service message. These poor little children are defenseless and can't save themselves. Every adult needs to do a better job to protect our children in the world. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 5 months ago

This is such an important post, I am always troubled by how could people not know any better...Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 5 months ago

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 5 months ago