Peel Regional Police say an investigation is underway after officers discovered a baby in distress that was locked inside a vehicle as temperatures approached the 30 C mark.
Police say the 9-1-1 call came in around 12:30 p.m. this afternoon from the area of Drew Road and Tranmere Drive near Derry Road.
No specific address was given in an effort to protect the child’s identity.
A witness says a baby was rescued from a locked car in Mississauga in sweltering heat. Witness says a man parked beside the white car with the baby inside went door-to-door looking for parents, not found; police broke window with a hammer the witness had brought out. @680NEWS pic.twitter.com/3aK4SoaPHn
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Investigators tell 680 NEWS the child was in distress and police smashed a car window to get them to safety. One officer suffered minor injuries as a result of the rescue.
The child was conscious and was transported to hospital. Their condition is unknown.
Police remind public never to leave children, animals inside vehicles
The incident is leading to Peel Regional Police issuing an important reminder that residents should never, under any circumstances, leave a child or pet unattended inside a vehicle; especially on a hot day.
In a study from Arizona State University and the UC San Diego School of Medicine, their simulation included a car parked in the sun on a 38 C day.
Temperatures in the cabin of the vehicle, after one hour, reached 47 C and the steering wheel at about 52 C.
The temperature of the vehicle’s interior – even with the window open or previously cooled by air conditioning – is still a major risk to pets and people.
If an incident similar to this is witnessed, residents are urged to contact police immediately.
680 NEWS Meteorologist Carl Lam contributed to this article