7 kids, pets locked in Gympie cars in sweltering summer heat
Seven kids or pets had to be rescued after being locked in Gympie region cars parked in extreme summer heat, the RACQ has revealed.
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The new data showed there were seven “emergency lock ins” across the region over summer, and 105 people locked themselves out of their cars.
There were 441 emergency lock ins over the past three months across Queensland.
“We receive roughly four calls a day to rescue a child or animal trapped in a car, and while lock ins are usually accidental, it can be a really scary situation to be in as a parent or carer,” RACQ spokeswoman Lucinda Ross said.
“The vast majority of accidental lock ins happen when the child has been given a set of keys to play with and they’ve pressed the lock button, so it highlights the importance of keeping your keys secure.
“On top of these emergency lock ins, we had a further 8,433 Queenslanders call RACQ for help when they locked themselves out of their vehicles.”
Ms Ross said it was important parents and pet owners didn’t become complacent despite some cooler months ahead.
“Even though summer’s over, there’s never a safe time to leave a child or an animal unattended in a car. Temperatures can soar to deadly temperatures in just minutes here in Queensland, even if your car is parked in the shade or if the window is left ajar,” she said.
“If a person or animal is locked in a car please give us a call immediately on 13 11 11. We treat children locked in cars as the highest priority, which is why we go to rescue anyone, whether the driver is an RACQ member or not.
“If you’re ever concerned about the health of a child, call emergency services immediately.”