Dan Pentkowski, Henderson Professional Firefighters President, and Scott Johnson, Las Vegas Firefighters President, visited News 3 today to tell us the dangers of leaving a child unattended in a hot vehicle, and what you can do if you find a child in that situation.
In general, the “Good Samaritan Law” protects citizens who act when a child is in danger. However, firefighters often advise against breaking a window as you could possibly injure the child or yourself with broken glass. That said, if a bystander’s actions could potentially save a child’s life, they may choose to act and be legally protected in most cases.
Before you act, CALL 9-1-1. Dispatchers are trained to give tips on what to do!
Stay near the car with the child until emergency responders arrive
Try to block the sun, or provide shade, while waiting for emergency responders
If you need to break a window, break the window furthest from the child. Be cautious as you can injure yourself or the child with broken glass.
To view on the News 3 website click, here.