If you've ever locked your keys in the car you know how frustrating that can be. But fear and panic can set in when your child is locked in too. Well don't panic here's what you can do.
"You find yourself locked out of a vehicle with a child in the vehicle and there are extreme temperatures outside, whether it be hot or cold. Go ahead and call the Police Department and let us get rolling. That way we can definitely come and help you out with that," said Officer Jeff Hughes of the Wichita Falls P.D.
Officer Hughes said, call as soon as you realize what's happened, when you have a child in the car. Police dispatchers will alert officers that there is a high priority check welfare and help will be on the way.
"If they called 911 or they call dispatch for an emergency unlock or something of that nature, because the child is in that car, dispatch is going to do everything they can do to find somebody that is close to that location," said P.O. Hughes.
Dispatchers will send the closest responder to the scene. If for some reason no officers can respond, the county will be contacted, then outside counties, even Troopers for the Department of Public Safety. There will be no stone left unturned to get you and your child help. But, time is of the essence and if need be breaking the window is an option.
"Strategically look at the vehicle look at the situation, see which window is best which one is going to cause the least amount of injury to anybody, and which one is the furthest from the child and is going to allow you to get the vehicle open the quickest," said P.O. Hughes.
Remember if your going to break the window, pick one that's furthest from the child, that will still give you access and keep you safe. Other options include, calling a wrecker service and a locksmith. But, if it's an emergency don't let too much time pass.
Also a good idea, carry a spare key. "You know we also recommend folks carry a spare key. You know, if they lock their purse in the car, have a spare key on the body somewhere. In a pocket, maybe on a lanyard," said P.O. Hughes.
These things may seem like common sense but, not when your panicking. Remember a good rule is to always plan for the unexpected. And for added safety, first responders also come to these kinds of calls to make sure the child is okay.
Officer Hughes said, every second and minute counts and will make a difference. So make sure the child gets out the quickest way possible. And remember, extreme temperatures effect everyone differently depending on age and medications they could be taking.