With record-breaking heat coming to Western Washington, one police department isn’t messing around.
“Fair warning: If you leave a child or pet unattended in a car anywhere in Suquamish or Indianola during this heat spell, we will immediately smash your windows out to save their life,” the all-caps Facebook post from the Suquamish Police Department reads.
A record-setting heat wave is predicted to hit the Puget Sound in coming days, the National Weather Service says. Some cities could see triple digits Thursday at the height of the heat wave.
Temperatures can reach lethal levels in a closed car within 10 minutes, the Facebook post continues.
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“If the child is sweating or the dog is panting, we’re breaking your window instantly, rescuing the innocent, and charging you with the maximum offenses allowed by law. We will not let a child or pet die in front of us,” it says.
The police department is located on the Kitsap Peninsula just north of Bainbridge Island.