Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Children at Risk on Hot Days

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Children at Risk on Hot Days

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Alan Quinney

alan.quinney@dailymercury.com.au

THE days are heating up and today Mackay police will launch a Heat Kills campaign to raise awareness of the danger of leaving children unattended in hot vehicles.

To demonstrate how quickly heat builds up in vehicles, police yesterday put a thermometer in a child's seat on the rear seat of a car in the middle of the day.

In fewer than 20 minutes the thermometer had reached between 38 and 39 degrees.

"It's not just the heating up on the inside, it is also heat that reflects off surfaces such as trimmings and furnishings," Crime Prevention Unit officer Senior Constable Steve Smith said.

"Children's metabolism works faster than adults so they heat up faster," he said.

The Heat Kills campaign will be run throughout the central police district from Wide Bay to Bowen and west to Longreach.

In Mackay police will set up banners and hand out brochures at Caneland Central Shopping Centre and Mount Pleasant Shopping Centre at different times this week. …

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