The season of extreme heat and humidity is upon us, which means more calls for police to rescue children and dogs locked in cars.
Palm Beach Gardens police will soon have another tool in their belts to determine how hot is too hot for a child or dog to endure. The Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation announced Friday that it’s equipping patrol officers with infrared thermometers.
The thermometers will allow the officers to measure the temperature inside parked cars to determine the best course of action, according to a news release announcing their purchase. A child or pet may not always be able to wait for an officer to track down the car owner, although officers are usually able to do so or to open a locked car door.
The officers will also use the infrared thermometers to teach the public how quickly a car can heat up. Police should be contacted right away if you spot children or animals left in parked cars, the foundation advises.
Palm Beach Gardens police also give away free frog tags to prevent parents from forgetting their children in the backseat. The frog should be hooked on the buckle of an car seat when it’s empty and attached to the key chain when the child is buckled in.
Window stickers also ask people to peek inside cars to make sure a mom or dad didn’t inadvertently leave their child behind.
When the Palm Beach Post wrote about the police initiatives last year, a reader wrote in to suggest another device: a talking Bee-Alert safety alarm. The device issues a reminder of a child in the backseat whenever the driver’s side door opens. It sells for $19.995, can also be used for pets and speaks foreign languages.
Florida is among the states with the highest number of children who die from heat stroke after being left in hot cars.