Trumbull police: Temperatures threaten young children
The Trumbull Police Department would like to remind parents or adults caring for young children to be mindful of leaving a child unattended in a vehicle.
With temperatures now reaching into the 80s and 90s, the conditions inside a vehicle can quickly become life threatening to babies, toddlers and young children.
Thirty to forty deaths occur nationwide every year as a result of children left in vehicles.
Even with outdoor temperatures in the 60s, the inside temperature of a vehicle can soar to 110 degrees, said Trumbull Police Lt. Leonard Scinto in a release Thursday, May 26.
When a high humidity condition exist, the amount of time a child can survive is cut in half. A simple habit to form and rule to follow is “look before you lock “ and if you see a child left in a vehicle unattended call the police immediately.
Leaving a child under the age of 12 unattended in a car can result in being charged criminally, according to the release, and a referral to the Department of Children and Families.
Family pets are also susceptible to these conditions and people are urged to be mindful of the conditions in a closed vehicle or even one with a window partially open.
The police, along with the animal control officer, respond to multiple calls of pets left in vehicles during the summer months.
They can also result in criminal charges, Lt. Scinto said.
If a residents sees anything suspicious, they are urged to contact Trumbull police at 203-261-3665.