What to do if you see a child left unattended in a car.
In Canada alone, two children have died and one was rushed to emergency after being left in hot cars this summer. Here is what you can do if you see a child left unattended in a car:
If you cannot call 911, get them out of the car and to somewhere cool and safe, and worry about the consequences later.
If you must break a window to get the child out (and you’d likely be asked to do so by a 911 operator), always break the window furthest from the child to avoid getting glass on them.
There could theoretically be charges for breaking someones car window, however if that person is acting in good faith with no criminal intent, they would not be held responsible for the broken window.
For those concerned about legal consequences: “If I left my kids or my cat in the car and you broke the window to get them out and I don’t have comprehensive coverage, I could take it to court. Will the judge side with the good samaritan or with the guy who left the precious cargo inside his car? You tell me.” - Pete Karageorgos, Insurance Bureau of Canada.
Hopefully you’re never, ever in this situation but just in case!