With summer-like temperatures finally back where they belong, local police are warning residents not to be idiots. Meaning, leaving kids or pets in a hot car. Because they can die. But some people manage to miss the memo every year.
Despite numerous public service announcements, we always hear stories about kids or pets that perished in a hot car. Then they serve as a cautionary tale for the rest of us.
And, for the record, no: leaving the windows open a crack doesn’t count. That’s been proven numerous times, so don’t even try it.
Connecticut State Police told CT Post that on an 80-degree day, it takes just 10 minutes for the interior of a car to reach 100 degrees. In 30 minutes, the inside could reach up to 115 degrees. Within an hour, a car’s interior can reach 40 degrees above the outside temperature.
If you come across a car with a dog locked inside, make sure the animal isn’t excessively panting, vomiting, or losing coordination. If it is, those are clear signs of heat stroke.
Same goes for children. If they’re excessively sweating, breathing heavily, and crying – chances are that they need to get out of that hot car FAST.
In just 15 minutes, a child can suffer from a serious life-threatening brain and kidney injury. Which can result in their death. Watch this PSA video about vehicular heatstroke if you haven’t yet. Powerful stuff.
Thankfully, the majority of us understand the consequences of leaving children and pets inside hot cars. However, some don’t. And it absolutely boggles my mind.
So, here’s what you do if you come across a child or animal in distress in a hot car. First, you make an immediate call to authorities. Especially if you can’t contact the car owner right away. If you’re accompanied by someone, make sure one of you stays by the car at all times.
Also. as an aside, make sure the car isn’t running with the A/C on.
Sometimes people do that, so if it is, you can start calming down.
As for those who do leave the A/C on for their pets or kids while they run into the store, it’s probably best to leave a note in an obvious location. You know, so you don’t come back to a smashed window.
But, onto the people who don’t even leave the A/C on because they fully believe parking in the shade with the windows rolled down is enough.
So, should the distressed dog or child lose consciousness, you better believe you have good authority to do whatever you can to get them out. However, it should be noted that Connecticut doesn’t have a bill that shields good Samaritans from breaking into cars to save a life.
Yeah, what’s up with that? The 2015 “Hot Car” bill actually FAILED.
But at least there’s a law that penalizes the responsible party.
But, I doubt police would issue you a ticket or would the courts find you liable for damage considering why you caused it.
So, can you believe that it’s 2017 and people are still issuing PSAs like this? Personally, I can’t.
Also, here’s a reminder to always let your pets have access to water considering a dog died of heatstroke in Wallingford yesterday because of it.