HIRAM, Ga. - The Hiram Police Department is reminding everyone just how hot it can get inside a car—even in cooler temperatures.
All the department's police cruisers now have new decals on their windshields. The decals have a thermometer that shows how hot it can get inside a vehicle even on a relatively cool day.
Monday afternoon, it was 82 degrees outside, but inside Sgt. Stephen Johnston's police car, it was close to 110 degrees.
"Temperatures rise quickly inside a car, it's sealed off, and basically it's like an oven inside," said Sgt. Johnston.
In August, Sgt. Johnston was the first to respond to a call of three young boys locked inside a car at a shopping plaza. He said the children had been in the care for close to 20 minutes with the windows up and no air conditioning.
"They were sweating profusely, their shirts were soaking wet, they were obviously in distress," said Sgt. Johnston. "As a parent I couldn't imagine anyone could do that to a child."
Sgt. Johnston was instrumental in getting these decals. He hopes they'll serve as a visual reminder to everyone who sees them about the dangers of leaving a child or a pet inside a hot vehicle.
Hiram Police say local businesses donated money for about 2,500 of the decals. They'll be handing them out to parents, teachers, and anyone else who wants them.