Firefighters Pull Baby Out of Car on Hot Summer Day

Updated: 08/22/2014 6:56 PM
Created: 08/22/2014 6:55 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- With temperatures rising this week, it is crucial to be aware of the dangers of the heat. One local family had a close call when a baby was locked in a car until firefighters arrived. 

“Fire department arrived found the child in a car seat in the car with the windows rolled up, profusely sweating,” said Larry Mueller from the Rochester Fire Department. 

Yesterday afternoon, the Rochester Fire Department had to break the window of a car, for a child locked inside. 

“One-year-old child was locked in a car, unintentionally, for over a half hour,” said Mueller.

The mother of the child was there, unable to get the baby out of the vehicle. Another woman, the owner of the car, was searching for an extra set of keys. 

“It is an emergency, it’s a medical emergency. The longer they’re in there, they’re going to quit compensating for the heat and bad things will happen,” said Mueller.

The U.S. National Weather Service can back that up. According to the organization, it only takes two minutes for a vehicle at 80 degrees to hit 94 degrees. 

“Can get very dangerous quickly; dehydration first and then heat stroke and obviously death can occur if a child or pet is left in a car too long,” said Bethany Piotrowski from Olmsted Medical Center. 

When it comes to staying safe in the heat, hydration is crucial.

“In terms of minutes, it’s really hard to say it depends on how small the child is, if they’ve just eaten or drank because obviously hydration is really important in the heat. There’s no time limit that’s safe.”

Gold Cross did arrive at the scene and determine the baby was okay to go back to the mother. The Rochester Police Department has not released any information on the possibility of an investigation, or charges following the incident. 

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