Never leave kids in car: RACQ

WITH the arrival of hot summer weather Ipswich parents are being reminded of the dangers of leaving children unsupervised in cars.

Kidsafe executive officer Susan Teerds said RACQ research data revealed that temperatures inside a car left in the sun could rise to dangerous levels within a few minutes.

“Young children cannot regulate their body temperature as well as adults and will soon suffer distress in a hot environment. They will lose fluid quickly, become dehydrated and suffer from heatstroke; the younger they are, the faster this occurs,” she said.

She said they advised parents, or anyone who saw children left in a locked car to remain calm and assess the situation by first checking if the children appeared distressed.

If the key-holder is not within sight, immediately call the RACQ and emergency services.

Mrs Teerds said that while most parents were aware of the heat-risk in cars, many did not realise that it could threaten their children so quickly.

“The golden rule is simply to never leave children alone in a car, even if you're just ducking into the supermarket or paying for your petrol purchase,” she said.

“Besides the heat risk, cars have cigarette lighters, gear levers and parking brakes that can be tempting playthings to a child.”



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