It’s been so hot this summer that officials have warned the public about the risks of keeping people or animals locked in vehicles. Despite the warnings, firefighters once again had to rescue a B.C. toddler trapped in a hot car last week.

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According to a Squamish RCMP press release, emergency crews were called to a Squamish, British Columbia business at around 1:50 p.m. on July 21, after a bystander spotted a small child in the back seat of a parked vehicle. 

RCMP told the Vancouver Sun that the vehicle was in direct sunlight. Temperatures that day were over 30 C. Once emergency crews and first responders arrived on scene, the two-year-old toddler was removed and assessed.

Parents of the toddler were located and the Ministry of Children and Family Development has been contacted following the incident. 

According to Squamish RCMP, “temperatures can rise to lethal levels in a short period of time and we have already seen one tragedy in the Lower Mainland during this summer season.”

It is not uncommon for children or pets to die as a result of being locked in a hot car. In May of this year, a 16-month-old baby died after being left in a hot car in B.C. Officials stated that the baby was locked in the car for a total of nine hours. 

While first responders did all they could, the child was eventually taken to the hospital, where he passed away. 

Also in May of this year, another baby was locked in a hot car in North Vancouver. This story has a happier ending as everyone ended up okay. RCMP officials have stated that the woman parked her car in the parking lot at the Capilano Mall.

Shortly after closing the car door, she realized that she locked herself out of the car with her baby still in the back seat. The baby was rescued within minutes thanks to the help of RCMP and a tow truck. 

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