After 10 minutes in 90-degree heat, temperatures inside a car approach 110 degrees. After an hour, the temperature inside reach more than 130 degrees.
“If a child’s temperature reaches 107 degrees, that’s the danger zone where their body begins to shut down,” said Jessica Saunders, director of the Center for Child Health and Wellness at Dayton Children’s Hospital.
She said the new law, which takes effect Aug. 29, is crucial for saving lives.
“The good news about this law is similar to a good Samaritan law,” Saunders said. “You don’t have to worry about breaking someone’s window” and later face legal trouble.
Laura Kano of New Lebanon said she thinks the law is a good idea to save the lives of kids and pets accidentally left in the car.
“Busy parents, parents that work third shift and are up in the morning getting (children) ready for school, I can definitely see it happen,” Kano said.
Springfield Police Chief Stephen Moody said before people break into a hot car, they should first call 911.
In fact, that is a requirement of the new law, that the person must call 911, must check to see if any doors are unlocked, and must prove a child or pet is in danger.