Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Heat in Cars Can Kill

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Heat in Cars Can Kill

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THE Coffs Coast has largely been shielded from the heatwave that has swept across the country, yet parents and pet owners still need to be vigilant about rising heat in parked cars.

The NRMA has called for motorists not to leave children and pets in vehicles as some parts of NSW record 40 degree days when temperatures inside vehicles can peak above 60 degrees.

"A child left in a parked car under those conditions can very quickly become distressed, dehydrated and can die from organ failure," NRMA Motoring's Tim Moggridge said.

"A child should not be left in a car for any reason, even while paying for fuel.

"People who see a child locked in a car should call NRMA immediately on 131111 or call 000," he said.

The NRMA rescued almost 2200 babies locked in cars last year.

Mr Moggridge said the number of pets the NRMA rescued from locked cars had doubled to almost 1500 over the past two years and they should be treated with the same regard as kids and not be left in vehicles. …

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