Illegal to leave kids and pets in cars- NRMA

WITH temperatures set to nudge 40 in some areas today people are being reminded about the dangers of leaving children and pets in cars.

Today's hot weather can quickly heat car interiors to double the outside temperature according to the NRMA.

The NRMA has rescued 165 children locked in cars so far this month and over 2,040 children this calendar year.

With temperatures reaching up to 40 degrees higher inside a vehicle, children and pets could be exposed to life-threatening conditions within minutes.

The NRMA is reminding the community that it is illegal and dangerous to leave children inside a car at any time, however today's temperatures raise the risk even further.

On a 40-degree day it won't take long at all for temperatures inside a locked car to reach 80 degrees - that's cooking temperatures and obviously no place for a child or pet.

Today's high temperatures across the state could expose children and pets to organ failure within minutes so the message is clear - don't leave children or pets in the car, regardless of the circumstances.

Leaving an unattended child locked in a car under any circumstances is illegal.

Parents can be fined up to $22,000 under the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998.

Earlier this month a woman in Bowral was charged after leaving a child in a car.

Calls put through to the NRMA to rescue children are considered an emergency service and these calls are first priority, regardless of whether or not the caller is an NRMA Member.

People who see a child locked in a car should call NRMA immediately on 13 11 22 or 000. If the child is distressed do not wait for help, instead smash a window and remove the child from the vehicle until help arrives.

Predicted temperatures

Casino - 38

Lismore - 35

Evans Head - 33

Ballina - 32

Byron Bay - 30

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