KENNEWICK, Wash. - After hearing of two children under the age of 5 found locked in a car at the Yakima Athletic Club in Yakima, kennewick firefighters want to remind everyone of the extreme dangers involved, especially given the hot temperatures we're experiencing.
Yakima firefighters had to break the windows to get the kids out after sitting in the car for about 10 minutes.
Kennewick Firefighters say the temperature in any car can rise about 20 degrees in just 10 minutes. Meaning it's very possible the car the kids were found in in Yakima was between 115 to 120 degrees before firefighters broke the window.
They say children simply can't survive under those conditions for very long.
"Little children, especially young babies can't cool themselves like we can and their temperature is going to rise quicker which means their going to go from a normal state into that heat stroke state. They might even skip the exhaustion stage that you and I would go through, because we can cool ourselves. We have that perfuse sweating, but a child doesn't have that," said Kennewick Firefighter and Paramedic Scott Mclellan.
Already in 2009 there have been 19 deaths of infants after being left inside a hot vehicle.
Depending on the situation, parents or guardians can face child neglect or even criminal charges.