Wind windows down before putting children in the car in case the car automatically locks.
Never let children play with keys as they can accidentally lock the car.
Avoid distraction when loading and unloading the car.
Have an easy way to hold on to your keys to avoid an accidental lockout.
Do you know where your keys are?
RACV’s Check Keys Check Kids campaign aims to remind parents about the dangers of children being locked in cars, particularly on hot days. This campaign focusses on incidents where children have been accidentally locked into cars, to help reduce these incidents.
RACV attends an average of four incidents a day where children have been locked into cars. The majority of these are accidental and can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere.
For a handy way to keep track of your keys, pick up a free lanyard from your nearest RACV shop.
Even on mild days, the temperature inside a parked car can be 20 to 30°C hotter than the temperature outside.
RACV tested the interior temperature of a car on a 30 degree day and found that the inside temperature reached 70 degrees.
According to research done by RACQ, the interior temperature of a car rises quickly to unsafe levels for occupants regardless of whether the vehicle is light or dark in colour or had tinted windows or reflective sunshades. Leaving the windows slightly open also does not help to significantly reduce the temperature inside the vehicle
Young children are particularly at risk because they are more sensitive to heat than older children and adults. A young child’s body temperature can rise 3 to 5 times faster than an adult’s. This places them at greater risk of heatstroke, dehydration and other health risks.