In the past few months we’ve seen a bout of record-breaking temperatures hitting Australia, with the mercury soaring a huge 15C above the average seasonal temperatures.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has forecast the 2015/16 to be the hottest summer on record, a prediction that sets alarm bells ringing particularly when it comes to tragic incidents of kids accidentally being locked in cars.
In 2014 Allianz Global Assistance assisted a total of 367 incidents of kids being locked in cars and a total of 354 in 2015 (January to September), a number set to climb as the days get warmer.
Many people think, “this would never happen to me” but it’s so important for parents to know that this is possible, particularly as the signs of stress and exhaustion can be hard to recognise. To ensure the utmost safety this summer, we strongly advise parents consider the following tips:
- Make sure you have your keys in your hands or pocket at all times
- Familiarise yourself with the car’s central locking functions before travelling with children
- When parked (and when young children are inside), always ensure one door is open to avoid the car automatically locking
- Carry toys with you to act as a form of ‘entertainment’. This will resist temptation to hand the keys to a young child
- Ensure you are familiar with who your roadside provider is so you can get immediate help if needed
Allianz Global Assistance welcomes anyone, customer or not to call if their child is locked in the car, we will send one of our technicians to access your vehicle whether you have a policy with us or not. We can assist around Australia at any time or on any day.