Don’t leave kids or dogs in hot cars

Photo: KidSafe Australia
Photo: KidSafe Australia

As the Mid-Western region swelters through a wave of hot weather, police are reminding motorists about the dangers of leaving children, the elderly or pets unattended in cars.

Deputy State Emergency Operations Controller, Acting Assistant Commissioner Kyle Stewart, said not only was it illegal to leave children or animals in unattended cars, it could be deadly.

“The Bureau of Meteorology has warned us that temperatures will remain in the high 30s and 40s in the coming days,” he said.

“While everyone should be aware of the hot weather, there is one golden rule which should never be broken: never ever leave babies, children, the elderly or animals alone in a car even if the air-conditioner is on.

“It doesn’t take long for the temperature inside the car to soar and for the effects of the heat to impact,” he said.


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