Area police patrol parking lots on hottest day of the year

Posted at 4:27 PM, Jul 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-14 17:41:05-04

NORFOLK - Parking lots are one of the most dangerous places to be when temperatures are high. Which is why area police departments had their patrol units go through area parking lots on Thursday,  to make sure no people or pets were left in the heat.

"Supervisors have spoken to the officers who are patrolling today and were told to be on the lookout for parking lots and see if there is anyone trapped inside vehicles," said Daniel Hudson with the Norfolk Police Department.

Portsmouth Police, Chesapeake Police and Newport News Police  also patrolled parking lots on Thursday.

"It's just part of us doing what we do in trying to take care of the public so we know when we have these extremely hot days what to be on the look out for," said Hudson.

Thursday's high temperatures didn't keep people from going out, though those who did brave the heat say they took necessary precautions, especially for their children before leaving home.

"We pack Gatorade and water to keep her hydrated and just always doing a quick pulse check with her," said Lauren Kingsley of her daughter.

Kingsley says she also frequently checks to make sure the heat isn't affecting her daughter.

"I always have her pretty close to me I'll check the mirror and make sure that she's cool and not sweating too much," Kingsley said.

People aren't the only ones affected by heat in cars, the heat is also very dangerous for pets.

Some police officers were equipped with water to help anyone who may be suffering from heat exhaustion.