Queensland motorists are being warned not to become complacent with their keys after hundreds of children and animals had to be rescued from locked cars over Summer.
Over the past three months alone, RACQ has received frantic calls from 441 drivers after their kids and pets became trapped inside their vehicles.
RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the number of emergency rescues they’re called to each day is extremely alarming.
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“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,” Ms 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 despite some cooler months ahead, it was important parents and pet owners didn’t become complacent.
“Even though summer’s over, there’s never a safe time to leave a child or an animal unattended in a car,” she said.
“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.”