Mon, Feb. 24

Infants locked in cars

SEDONA - Sedona Fire and rescue crews were called to two separate incidents within the same hour Thursday in which a child was left in a vehicle. Temperatures had been rising all week and edged the 80s in Sedona.

In the first case, shortly after noon, a baby had been left unattended in a vehicle parked at Tlaquepaque. Crews arrived and broke out the window to get access to the child. Sedona Fire spokesman Gary Johnson said the child was already sweating profusely in the locked car. The baby was evaluated and eventually turned over to the custody of the responsible adults.

In the second case, just one half hour later, crews were dispatched to a residence on Red Canyon Road west of the Sedona wastewater plant. In that case, an infant had inadvertently been locked inside a vehicle. Rescue crews from SFD and a Yavapai County Sheriff's deputy were able to force the window to reach the child, which was determined to be in good condition, and did not need further treatment.

Johnson said neither car was equipped with OnStar that would allow remote unlocking of a vehicle. The fire spokesman suggests that parents or guardians carry or hide a spare key, in case of an emergency such as this. With temperatures rising toward 80, a child can quickly become overheated in a closed vehicle.

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