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

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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — If you see a child alone in a car, both EMS and State Police say the first thing you should do is if you suspect a child is in danger is to call 911. Fortunately, the infant in Sunday’s incident was okay, but that could have very quickly changed, given the temperatures were in the mid-80s.

First responders say even temperatures in the 60s and 80s can be dangerous, especially for very young children. Their bodies are not designed to handle the heat, which puts them at a higher risk of heat stroke.

“Even in a matter of three minutes, if it’s turned off, can go up 20 to 25 degrees, which is dangerous for anybody, especially if there’s kids or pets in there.  Kids are a vulnerable population, and they can’t compensate as easily as adults can, so it’s very dangerous for them to be in there,” said Nick Corbishley, Operations Supervisor at AMR Ambulance.

In Sunday’s incident in Cicero, someone used a golf club to wedge open the window. We had a few people asked what would happen if they broke the window. A State Police Major told me while every case is different, as long as you are acting in good faith and you’ve made a reasonable attempt to find the parent, you likely wouldn’t be charged.

Of course, you should still call 911 if you believe the child is in danger.
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