ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — As temperatures in the Rockford area are set to rise to dangerous levels, Rockford Police issue a reminder so parents don’t forget to leave their children in a hot car.
Officers say that parents should always check the backseat before they lock a car to be sure children and pets are not trapped inside.
One reminder they recommend is to put other belongings, like a purse, next to a child.
Experts say temperatures inside a vehicle can rise 20 degrees in just 5 minutes, and the overall temperature can reach 130 to 140 degrees.
“If a child is inside a hot car and it’s locked, and the child is not responsive, call medical personnel right away,” said Assistant Deputy Chief Andre Brass. “Call 9-1-1. That’s a medical emergency to be taken care of. So, call someone directly, right away. Try to get the child’s attention. If you can’t, within several seconds, go ahead and…break the window and get inside the car and find out what’s going on.”
Police say residents should remember to drink plenty of water and check on elderly neighbors.