Parked cars can become extremely dangerous on hot summer days

Franklin County

When its hot outside, your car is even hotter. It can literally get hot enough to bake cookies in your car on 90 degree days. 

Cars can get extremely hot on sunny, summer days. Children and pets have died after being left in hot cars. About 37 children die in hot cars every year.

A child’s body can heat up five times faster than an adult’s. 

“Usually they can get hot really quickly, said Geneve Rege of Shelburne. “We just never leave our dog or daughter in the car.”

“I try to keep the windows open when its really, really hot,” said Erin Nugent of Greenfield. “I never leave my kids in the car, even for a second.”

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration recommends parking your car in the shade or using a windshield sunshade to help reduce the temperature of your car. But it could still be too hot for a child or pet. 

They recommend leaving your wallet or a cell phone in the rear seat as a reminder to check it, and ensure you don’t leave your child in the car. 

If you see a child or pet locked in a car, call 911Massachusetts Good Samaritan law will protect you from liability if you have to break a car window to rescue a child or pet.  

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