Motorists must be aware of conditions

WITH temperatures set to reach into the blistering 40-plus degrees throughout NSW today, NRMA Motoring and Services is warning parents and pet owners that leaving children or animals in parked cars can be fatal.

NRMA patrols were bracing themselves for an expected 21 per cent increase in breakdowns today with more than 8500 calls for roadside assistance anticipated. 

The heatwave conditions mean parents and carers need to be aware that leaving a child alone in a parked car for even a few minutes is extremely dangerous.

On a 40-degree day, the inside of a car can easily reach a blistering 85 degrees and that is no place for a baby.

A child left in a parked car under those conditions for even a few minutes can very quickly become distressed, dehydrated and can die from organ failure. 

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

The NRMA recommends people prepare for the hot conditions before setting out on the road.

n Check fuel levels and consider potential traffic delays on the road with fuel usage for the day. 

n Carry water in the car in case of breakdowns or heavy congestion where the car becomes delayed for extended periods.

n Check radiator water levels are full before getting in the car to drive. 

n Ensure car lights are turned off and keys are with you when leaving the car as this can be overlooked due to the heat. 

Parents are also reminded that leaving an unattended child locked in a car under any circumstances is illegal, with fines of up to $22,000 under the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998.

PETER KHOURY

NRMA

SYDNEY

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