Sunday, 22 October 2017

Don’t lock your child in the car

PARENTS are being urged to be “key smart” following 12 incidents in Oxfordshire where children have been locked in cars.

PARENTS are being urged to be “key smart” following 12 incidents in Oxfordshire where children have been locked in cars.

Louise Chapman, Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet member for fire and rescue, said: “This is an accident that can happen all too easily for parents in a rush.

“The best way to avoid this problem is to keep your car keys on you at all times, so if the car does lock accidentally you are able to unlock it.

“With summer on the way and the sun shining, the car acts as a greenhouse and traps in heat. It only takes a few minutes for your car to reach temperatures that could be fatal to a child.”

The advice is as follows:

lKeep your keys with you at all times and never leave them in your car.

lDon’t close all the doors unless you are sure you have the keys.

lNever give your children your keys to play with in the car.

lNever leave a child in the car even if you only intend to leave it for a few minutes.

If your child does get locked in your car, stay calm, remain with the vehicle and talk to your child to help keep them calm and call for assistance from a breakdown service or, if the child is distressed, the emergency services.

lPolice are appealing to residents of South Oxfordshire to consider their home security when going out or spending time in the garden during the summer. They say that doors and windows left open during hot weather are an invitation to opportunist burglars.

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