COLUMBUS—State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Copley Township) announced that Governor Kasich signed into law a bill to grant civil immunity to Ohioans who break into a locked vehicle to save a child or pet from extreme heat.

Senate Bill 215, jointly sponsored with State Senator Jim Hughes (R- Columbus), specifies that the rescuer must contact 9-1-1 prior to forcibly entering the vehicle and that no other reasonable method for the child or animal to escape may exist.

"The heat of summer is here so it’s important that Ohioans know that there is no need to hesitate to take action when the life of a child or animal is at risk," said LaRose. "Now that the law provides immunity for Good Samaritans who do what it takes to save a life, Ohioans who do the right thing have no need to fear legal repercussions."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, cars parked in direct sunlight can reach internal temperatures of up to 131° F - 172° F when outside temperatures are 80° F – 100° F. Even outside temperatures in the 60s can cause internal temperature to rise well above 110° F."

600 children have died inside excessively hot vehicles since 1990, according to national child safety advocate Kids and Cars.

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