The Abbotsford Police Department has dealt with two incidents within 48 hours in which parents had locked themselves out of their cars while their kids were still in them.
Const. Ian MacDonald said, in both case, officers had to break the vehicles’ windows to rescue the kids from the searing heat. The two children involved were aged one and two and a half.
“Both children were unharmed, and we are confident the parents’ action were unintentional. Still, these were very unsafe situations that required quick action,” MacDonald said.
He said that, with the onset of warmer weather, police and other emergency services experience a hike in the number of calls related to children and pets left in vehicles.
“Although most people are very mindful of the hazards associated with the hot and unventilated conditions created inside a vehicle, we still receive the calls and, therefore, the warnings must continue.”
MacDonald reminded drivers to account for their keys before closing the door of their vehicle.