Please think of the hot children
THERE’S nothing worse than locking your keys in the car right? Wrong. Locking your children in the car especially during the summer heat can be fatal.
The RACV is warning drivers to be vigilant to avoid accidentally locking children in a vehicle as the state was hit with another hot weekend.
The RACV’s summer Check Keys
— Check Kids campaign aims to inform parents about how distractions can easily result in children being locked in cars.
“Any parent can become distracted and accidentally lock a child in the car and in hot summer conditions this can be extremely dangerous,’’ RACV education programs co-ordinator Elvira Lazar said.
“Our testing has shown that a vehicle’s cabin can soar to over 70 degrees in minutes on a day when the outside temperature was only 30 degrees.
“Younger children are more sensitive to heat compared to older children and adults, as their body temperature rises up to five times faster than an older child’s and the risk of dehydration and even heatstroke increases if they’re in a hot car for a long time.”
In 2016, the RACV rescued 1406 children from locked vehicles, attending on average four call-outs a day.
The majority of these were accidental.
As part of the campaign the RACV is distributing a car-key lanyard free of charge to help remind drivers to stay vigilant when they are with children.
‘‘Using RACV’s lanyard is a convenient way for parents to attach the keys when they’re parked and it means parents will always know where their keys are and that they are within easy reach at all times,” Ms Lazar said.
“While RACV prioritises call-outs to vehicle lock-ins involving children, the few minutes it can take for a patrol to reach the scene can make an enormous difference when temperatures are extreme,” Ms Lazar said.
The lanyards can be picked up from RACV shops or can be ordered online at www.racv.com.au/checkkeys.