posted on Jan, 5 2008 @ 06:46 AM
To everyone who leaves there kids in the car while they run into the shop, pub, casino or whatever the place may be DONT.
On a hot day it only takes a few minutes for a child the start getting heat related illnesses when locked in a car. I'm a fire fighter and I'm sick
to death of breaking into cars to rescue little kids while there parents play the pokies at the local pub or do their shopping. We no longer pop the
locks, it is now the policy of my station that the window will be smashed immediately upon arrival.
We are also starting to see a new problem. These newer cars with central locking and automatic locking are causing kids to lock themselves in the car
while there parents are loading the shopping in, the keys are in the front, the kids in the back and the back locks will not open by hand, this is ok
unless you have a cargo barrier between the front and the back then the kid can't reach the only lock that will operate, the one on the drivers door
and they also can't reach the keys. So never leave your keys in the car if your kid is sitting in the back and you have a cargo barrier between
the front and the back seats.
Please, think before you act, it's only a matter of time before one of these kids ends up dead. (I know kids have died, I've just been lucky so far
not have had it happen at my station and I hope we never do.) We are now getting calls like this at least 4 or 5 times a week.
Sorry if this is not the right place for this thread, it didn't really fit anywhere else.