MSP rescues child accidentally locked in a vehicle
MOTTVILLE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Michigan State Police rescued a two-year-old child accidentally locked in a vehicle on Thursday.
MSP Trooper Erik Gantert was sent to the 10000 block of James Street at 5:30 p.m. after a child was accidentally locked in a vehicle.
State police said the child was in the vehicle for five to 10 minutes in the 90-plus degree heat, so the trooper broke the driver’s side window and unlocked the door.
Police report that the child was extremely sweaty, but was in good health.
But not every story has such a happy ending.
So far in 2018, statistics show 20 children have died in hot cars. Kidsandcars.org, a group devoted to preventing injuries and death to children in or around motor vehicles, found children have died from heat stroke in cars in temperatures as low as 60 degrees.
The organization reports 43 children died from hot car emergencies in 2017 in the United States, and 20 have died already this year.
The majority of the deaths can happen when parents and caregivers are out of their normal routine, or a child is accidentally locked in a car while playing.
Doctors say you can use the acronym "act" to help prevent a tragedy.
- A - Avoid heat stroke by keeping your cars locked at all times
- C - Create a reminder you have a child in the back seat
- T - Take action if you see a child alone in a hot car, and call 911
Children are affected by the heat much quicker than adults, according to doctors, about three to five times faster than an adult.
Doctors say cracking the windows does not help slow down the heating process or lower the overall temperature of a car, and in as quick as five to 10 minutes, heat levels can become dangerous.