Verify: What to do if you see a child in a hot car

Verify: What to do if you see a child in a hot car

Hot weather is coming, and that means we'll be hearing more about kids, pets, locked cars, and the heat.
You might have seen this post on Facebook.

Do police recommend that you break into a hot car if there's a child or pet inside?


Gabrielle Dawkins set out to verify this.

She spoke to Dublin Chief of Police Tim Chatman and gathered information from Kidsandcars.org and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“It makes me angry because the person driving got distracted, got caught up for their agenda for the day, and forgot about the child or the pet in the backseat.” said Chatman.

Chief of Police Tim Chatman says that if a child or a dog is left in a hot car, don't bother snapping a picture of the temperature and the pet or child inside. 

Chatman says there's no time for that.

“If that car is off, It's hot outside, and that child is not moving or even if the child is moving, you have only a matter of minutes and seconds to do something before that child becomes unconscious,” said Chatman.

According to Kidsandcars.org, this is a map of how many young lives were lost in 2016 due to vehicular heatstrokes in cars.

According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety an average of 38 children a year nationwide die after being left in hot cars. That's why law enforcement says if you see a child in a hot, locked car with no one around, you should grab something sharp and heavy object and break the glass.



If you decide to walk away and do nothing, you could face charges.

“You can actually be charged with failure to render aid, and the person who left that child in the car is facing charges -- cruelty to children, child endangerment, reckless conduct,” said Chatman. 



So Chief Chatman verifies, yes, you should act if you see kids and pets in danger in a hot car.

If you see something, do something.

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