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

KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – Children succumbing to heat related deaths have been in the news recently.  So what should you do if you see a child in a hot car?

It doesn’t have to be hot and humid outside for temperatures to climb inside a car. All it takes is a closed car sitting in the sun for it to turn into an oven. On a day when temperatures are near 80 a car sitting in the sun for an hour can rise by forty degrees on the inside.

Police recommend to first assess the situation if you come upon a vehicle with a child in it.  Take a look around the car to see if someone is nearby and is out of your line of sight.

You can always dial 911 and police will respond, force their way into the car with a lockout tool or by breaking a window.  But if you feel the situation warrants you can take matters into your own hands and break a window.

Officer Ron Roberts with Kettering Police suggests, “Your intentions are good and you don’t have a criminal mind frame there so your intentions are good and you’re rescuing a child.  You’re not going to receive any criminal charges here in the city of Kettering for doing something like that no.”

Officer Roberts suggests if you are going to break a window to break the front one and angle your swing toward the steering wheel.  This way the glass falls as far away from the child as possible.


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