Remember to look before you lock

Children and pets being left in hot cars is happening too often.

Posted: May 6, 2018 7:46 PM
Updated: May 7, 2018 10:04 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)-The warm weather brought out a lot of people Sunday so you've probably seen a lot of cars on the road and maybe even some children or pets in the back seat.

Some people may not know a child's body overheats three to five times more quickly than an adult's, so a five minute run in and out to the store could cost you.

"I couldn't see personally leaving my own son or daughter in a car at any time even if I was going in for 5 minutes. Evidently it does happen," Dave Lasch said.

With that said, babies and children are at much higher risk for hyperthermia and heat stroke than adults.

"I'm sitting out here burning up right now. I couldn't imagine leaving a child in a hot car," Angela Yovanovitch said.

Kidsandcars.org said 19 states have laws that make it illegal to leave a child unattended in a vehicle. Indiana is not one of them.

"More and more so these days, you see that even with dogs being left in cars. It ain't getting any better," Tim Vanengelenvhoven said.

To avoid a hospital visit or a death, keep in mind it's important to look before you lock.

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