The mistake parents make leading to kids locked in cars

FIVE children and nine animals spent time locked in hot cars in our region during summer.

But just because summer is officially over doesn't mean the risk is dramatically lower, according to the RACQ.


How a 19yo became her own boss after dropping out of school

Young Gladstone mum found dead in bushland

'I am so sorry': Tributes flow for young mum Hannah Cook

CPEM report leak takes council by surprise

RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie said it can take less than seven minutes to reach 40 degrees in a vehicle.

When it comes to children being locked in cars most are accidental but avoidable.

"A lot of these cases (children) are due to parents giving the car keys to a child to play with and then the child presses the button and is locked in," she said.

She said generally speaking on average the RACQ rescues four babies/children a day and one animal with 99% of the cases being accidental.

With summer over, Ms Ritchie said while it may take longer for a vehicle to heat up, the risks were still high.

"Temperature tests show it can get to 85 degrees in a vehicle," she said.

"There is never a safe time to leave a child or animal alone in the car, whether you have rolled the windows down or just going to be a couple of minutes it's not worth the risk."

A lot of the time RACQ is called by emergency services to assist when children or animals are in danger.

"A lot of people think you should smash windows but this can cause injuries," she said.

"Animals and children can't control their own heat which is why they're the most vulnerable."

Topics:  children fraser coast heymumma racq

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Boardriders season finally catches a wave

BIG WIN: Bryce Cameron wins the men's open at the Boardriders meet.

Waves arrive for Boardriders kick off

How to stop Facebook from grabbing your data

How Facebook can grab your data, and what to do to stop it

Farewell for surfing guardian

FITTING FAREWELL: There will be a paddle-out for Dan Davidson at 7am this Saturday at Wategos.

Paddle out for surfing stalwart.

Local Partners