After an incident in Essex this weekend, the Fire Brigade is reminding parents not to leave ‘any person, child or animal locked in a car in this heat’.
Essex firefighters have issued a stern child safety warning after being forced to break into a vehicle to rescue a toddler who was found locked in a dangerously hot car.
The car was parked next to Saffron Walden Common on Saturday, where a musical picnic was taking place, when an announcement was made to track down the vehicle owner.
People who were there took to Facebook to explain what they heard and saw:
‘We was there sadly .. it was a lovely day on the common then they announced over the mic this sad news. You don’t leave a dog in the car, [let alone a child].’ @JackieWaughman
‘We heard the announcement whilst listening to the music on the common. Absolutely unbelievable!’ @SarahJordan
When the parents couldn’t be located, firefighters were forced to smash the car window to get the child out safely.
Once the child had been rescued, the incident was handed over to the police for further investigation.
Posting a photo of the smashed car window on its Facebook page, Saffron Walden Fire Brigade wrote:
‘Well a first for us! We have been called to animals locked in cars while the owners go shopping but never a child.
‘We cannot stress enough how dangerous it is to leave any person, child or animal locked in a car in this heat.
‘The child was rescued by our crew who smashed a window to gain entry.
‘The incident has now been handed over to Essex Police for further investigation.
‘First aid was given by St John Ambulance crew.’
According to AccuWeather, the temperature in Saffron Walden reached 22 degrees Celsius on Saturday.
The European Child Safety Alliance says heat stroke can occur ‘on days as cool as just 22 degrees Celsius, when the inside of a car can quickly reach 47 degrees Celsius.’
It also says a child’s body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult’s because of lower water reserves in the body.
It means leaving a child locked in a car during the summer can quickly turn into a dangerous situation.
A spokesperson for the Essex county fire and rescue service, said: ‘It is incredibly dangerous to leave a child, pet or anyone vulnerable locked in a car at this time of year.
‘Please don’t run the risk.’