Please think of the hot chil­dren

Campaspe News - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

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.

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