With most of central Illinois in a heatwave, the Illinois State Police would like to remind you to never leave children or pets in a hot car. According to www.heatkills.org, a car's interior temperature can rise 20 degrees in 10 minutes and up to 43 degrees in an hour. Illinois State Police Trooper Mindy Carroll says that if you see a child or pet locked up in a car that’s shut off, you should call 9-1-1, give the location and description of the vehicle than stay with the vehicle until help arrives.
Carroll says if the situation is urgent, or the child or animal looks in trouble go ahead and break the window. Carroll advises you to have someone with you as a witness.
For more information on car safety and heat visit the U of I Extension website at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/ccdms/facts/110621.html