Summer has come in like a blast furnace. And it\u2019s safe to say hot weather will be around for a while. While it seems like it shouldn\u2019t need saying, inevitably it does. Do not leave anyone, particularly children or elderly people or pets in a closed-up car. Not for five minutes. Not in the shade. Not anywhere, anytime. It doesn\u2019t take much for tragedy to result. When it\u2019s 70 degrees outside, it can be 120 degrees in a car; and when it\u2019s 80 degrees, it can rise to 150 degrees or 160 degrees, essentially turning the car\u2019s interior into an oven. Children left in a parked car can suffer heat stroke and possibly die. Dogs pant to cool themselves. Left in a hot car they can overheat rapidly and die. Tragically, some cases of children killed or injured by being left in a hot car are truly accidents. Parents have a lot on their minds and it is easier than one might think to forget a sleeping child in the back seat. One way to prevent this is to get in the habit of checking the back seat every time you arrive at your destination. It\u2019s called \u201clook before you lock.\u201d One way to do this is to put a cell phone, handbag, briefcase, or employee badge in the back seat with the child to ensure you always open the back door when you get where you are going. Remember, it doesn\u2019t have to feel hot outside to be dangerously hot inside a parked car. If you see a child or pet in a locked car on a warm or hot day, don\u2019t hesitate to call the police. You can call 203-834-6260 or simply, 911.