In case any of you are heading down to the Gulf Coast for the Fourth, or later in July for the Blue Angels show at Pensacola Beach, remember this: the inside of your car can reach lethal temps in minutes. No joke. We’ve had a few local cops do videos on how fast a car heats up, even with the windows partly rolled down. It does not take long at all to reach 150 F.
Now that you’ve eeped, also know this: Most states’ Good Samaritan laws will cover you if you see a kid in a locked hot car; in Florida and Tennessee, you’re also okay if it’s a pet in a serious trouble. Just call 911 first, let them know you’ve got an emergency, and what you’re going to do about it. They’ll probably ask you to see if you can get a door or trunk open first, but if not, they’ll give you advice on how to smash the window! And the cops will be on their way, so the owner has someone official to yell at.
Enjoy a safe – and hopefully just hot enough – Fourth of July! 🙂