Rise in toddler rescues
A rise in the number of toddlers or babies being locked in cars has seen one fire station looking into getting better equipment to deal with the issue.
Firefighters at East Coast Bays Fire Station have attended three incidents in the last fortnight of children or babies being locked in cars in the station’s coverage area.
Station officer Nick Penfold said the spike could be due to the rise in popularity of cars with self-locking mechanisms.
Some newer cars have a feature in which car doors lock once an engine is turned off and a driver’s door is opened and closed.
Penfold said it was important to never leave young children or babies in the car alone, even if it is just for a very short time.
He said, while self-locking mechanisms could cause a child to be locked in a car, on other occasions, children had been playing with keys and accidentally pressed the lock button and would be too young to know how to unlock the vehicle so the fire service is called.
Penfold said the three incidents in two weeks were just in the East Coast Bays station’s coverage area.
He said they had been looking into getting better equipment to deal with similar incidents should they arise in the area.
Firefighters are looking into better equipment to rescue children in self-locking cars.