Hot New Lifesaving Law
Oregon’s “Good Samaritan Law” — which allows bystanders to free children or pets from overheated parked cars — is one year old. It’s always advisable to call authorities and wait for help, but the law now protects you if you break a window or pry open a door because it’s too dangerous to wait, and:
You have a reasonable belief that a pet or child is in immediate danger
You call police before or immediately after entering the car
You use minimum force needed to get into the car
You stay with the child or pet until police or rescue crews arrive
Even on a mild 75-degree day, the inside of a parked car can reach a miserable 104 degrees in 20 minutes, and a deadly 118 degrees in an hour.