CBL Properties Posts Warning Signs: Don’t Leave Anyone in the Car!

Real Estate Investment Trust Company Nabs Vegan Chocolates From PETA for Posters Alerting Shoppers That Hot Cars Can Kill Pets and Children

For Immediate Release:
June 11, 2018

Audrey Shircliff 202-483-7382

Chattanooga, Tenn. – After hearing from PETA that dozens of children and animals die every year after being left inside sweltering vehicles, Chattanooga-based real estate company CBL & Associates Properties has posted warning signs reminding shoppers never to leave anyone behind in a hot car. In thanks, PETA has sent the compassionate company a box of delicious vegan chocolates.

“Every year, dozens of dogs and children bake to death after being locked in parked cars and left behind,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is recognizing CBL & Associates Properties for taking action and potentially saving lives this summer with crucial warning signs reminding shoppers that high temperatures can be deadly.”

On a relatively mild 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to up to 100 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 109 degrees in less than 10 minutes. When children are left inside a hot vehicle, their body temperature can increase three to five times faster than an adult’s, and because dogs can cool themselves only by sweating through their paw pads and panting, they can suffer from heatstroke in mere minutes.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—advises anyone who sees a child or a dog in a parked car to take down the vehicle’s color, make, model, and license-plate number and call the local humane authorities or the police. Don’t leave until the individual is safe—and if the situation becomes dire, do whatever it takes to save the child or animal’s life.

CBL & Associates Properties joins several real estate companies—including Simon Property Group, GGP, and Macerich—that have posted warning signs about the dangers of hot cars.

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