The RACQ has the final word: hold onto your keys… your child’s life could depend on it.
There’s one thing you need to remember this summer when getting in your car – and it’s not to make sure the air-conditioning is working. What about the keys?
Two incidents of children being left in cars this month, one with fatal consequences, have put the issue in the national spotlight.
The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) has weighed in on the debate with an informative video, revealing the number one reason for callouts pertaining to children locked in cars is because the keys were given to the child in the first place.
RACQ executive manager technical and safety policy Steve Spalding says the video highlighted how important it was for parents to keep their car keys on them at all times.
“Under no circumstances [should a parent] give the keys to a child to play with,” Mr Spalding says.
He also cautions parents against rushing or being distracted when maneuvering a child in and out of a car or placing items in the boot and to be aware of the car keys whereabouts at all times.
“It is important not to place keys in the vehicle or accidentally bump the locking button as modern vehicles have very secure locking systems that can be difficult to access.”
The video prompted more helpful tips on the RACQ Facebook page, which included always opening two car doors when putting children in (also allowing hot air in the car to escape) and installing a GPS system with authorised mobile central locking connection capability.
Mr Spalding said if an accidental lock-in did occur parents should remain calm and act quickly by calling RACQ on 13 11 11 immediately and emergency services on 000 if there are concerns about the child’s health.