Police campaign puts heat on those who leave kids in cars
JENNITA Sinnamon gets frustrated every time she hears about children left in hot cars.
"I don't know how people can do that," she said. "Children are so precious."
The mother of four spoke to The Morning Bulletin as Rockhampton police joined in the statewide launch of the Heat Kills campaign at Stockland Rockhampton on Wednesday.
Although Ms Sinnamon had parked her car in the shade, half an hour later it was in full sunlight and already very hot inside.
Senior Constable Jennifer Henry from Rockhampton District Crime Prevention said it was a good example of just how quickly temperatures could soar inside a car.
She said the Heat Kills campaign aimed to raise awareness about the danger of leaving children unattended in cars.
Even if you're only planning to be away for a few minutes, Snr Const Henry said it wasn't worth the risk.
"It can get up to 40 degrees within 10 to 15 minutes," she said. "Small children dehydrate very quickly. We have had deaths from children being left in cars."
Snr Const Henry said police and Queensland Fire and Rescue were sometimes called to get children out of hot, unattended cars.
If you see a child in that situation, call Triple Zero and give details about the location and registration number of the car.