The Bangor Police recently took to Facebook to remind everyone NOT to smash in windows to rescue children and pets inside a car on a hot day. They want you to call them first and let them deal with it. Otherwise, you could get in trouble.

Determine the motor vehicle is locked or there is otherwise no reasonable method for the vulnerable person or animal to exit without assistance; have a reasonable belief, based upon the known circumstances, that entry into the car is necessary because the person/animal is in imminent danger of suffering harm; and ensure law enforcement is notified or 911 called before entering the car or immediately thereafter.

Here's something else to consider: Based on scientific evidence from the experts, even on a seemingly mild day, the temperature inside a car (with windows up) can be 34 degrees higher than the temperature outside, after 30 minutes. Don't believe me?

I wouldn't hesitate to break a car window to rescue children or pets. There would be no way for me to determine how long they had been in the car. Of course, I would check to see if the car was running, just in case the owner left the air conditioning on. I would also check to see if the car doors were locked; and I would call 911 as soon as possible if not first thing. However, if the police couldn't get there in time and I saw that the children or pets were in distress, I would not wait for them. I would do whatever was necessary to save a life.

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