According to kidsandcars.org roughly 39 children die each year from being left in hot cars. The organization estimates there have been more than 600 heat related children deaths dating back to 1990.
But can the average person do more than just call 911 if they witness a child trapped in a vehicle? A Beaumont Police Department spokesperson says yes.
Officers suggest immediately calling 911 and say the nearest officer will respond within minutes. If the child appears to be in serious trouble then the spokesperson said a person can break a window to unlock the vehicle.
A person is legally protected as long as the break-in is done in good faith to save a life and there is no increased danger for the person or child inside.
kidsandcars.org also suggest drivers get into the routine of opening the back door every time they reach their destination, a practice called "Look before you lock."