Nearly 1200 Kids Needed Rescue From Qld Cars In 2017
Almost 1200 children and more than 700 animals had to be rescued from Queensland cars last year, according to figures from the state's peak motoring body.
Despite the cases mostly being accidental, temperatures in cars can reach 40 degrees in just seven minutes, the RACQ said in a statement on Friday.
"These high temperatures can have serious health impacts, or even cause death, for those locked inside," RACQ's Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said.
Another RACQ spokesperson, Lauren Richie, told News.com.au that the main cause wasn't when parents actually leave the car for extended periods of time, but rather when they give keys to their children while loading the car.
“In the summer months this is a big concern, especially with those really warm days,” Ms Ritchie said.
“The vast majority of them are accidental lock-ins and they’re due heavily to parents and caregivers giving the child the car keys to play with while they put groceries or a pram in the boot.
"It happens so often.”
The time it takes for a car to heat up to dangerous levels is actually scarily quick, according to Queensland Ambulance Service Senior Operations Supervisor Chris Perera.
“A car parked in the open sun can become 20 to 30 degrees hotter than the outside ambient temperature,” Perera told news.com.au.
“Research shows 75 per cent of heating occurs in the first five minutes and 90 per cent in the first 15.
“Therefore, in a few moments the car environment can get extremely dangerous, if not fatal for a small child.”