VIDEO: By this time of the summer, nearly every year, many fire and police departments start receiving panicked calls from people about children or pets trapped inside hot cars.
It’s enough of a concern one local fire department actually purchased new equipment to help reach victims faster and safer.
Whether it’s a day that makes you beg for air conditioning, or it’s just a beauty from mother nature, it’s not always the temperature outside that’s a concern for firefighters.
“The statistics show the outside temperature can be as low as 57 degrees out, which isn’t very warm, and the car can heat up enough if a child is left alone in there,” says De Pere Fire/Rescue Assistant Chief of Training and Safety Eric Johnson. He has been on the calls.
He’s seen parents frantic because their child got locked inside a car, or a dog somehow hit the lock button.