In recent weeks, online videos have been popping up showing people breaking out windows to rescue children from hot cars. In some cases, police officers have been the ones to help, but at least one Facebook video shows a stranger coming to the rescue.
Dr. Charles Bregier with Novant Health says on a hot summer day, in as little as 10 or fifteen minutes, the car temperature can rise up to about 170 degrees, resulting in a potentially deadly situation for a child.
Dr. Bregier said, “Children--their design is a little bit different because they’re smaller so they have a relatively larger surface area so they can be—the heat can be absorbed much more quickly. Also children don’t tend to sweat as much or as quickly, so the heat can’t really dissipate from their body or their skin as quickly.”
Products are in the works to help parents. There’s a new car seat by Evenflo that alerts the driver, after the ignition shuts off, that a child is still buckled in. Dr. Bregier says you can also put something as simple as a stuffed toy on the dashboard or passenger seat to remind you that your precious one is in tow.
Legal experts tell Fox 46 News they're not aware of a specific law in North Carolina that addresses the situation of whether or not a bystander who sees a child left in a hot car can legally break the window to rescue the child. But we're told there is something called a "necessity defense" that could apply. It basically allows a person to act in an emergency, if it prevents further harm.