RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie said the Bureau of Meteorology warned parts of the State could reach up to 38 degrees Celsius on Christmas Day.
“It’s a good time to remind motorists it’s never safe to leave a child or animal in a locked car,” Ms Ritchie said.
“Even if you’re parked under a tree, or it’s just for a few minutes, it’s not worth it.
“Temperatures can reach 40 degrees in just seven minutes, and at those temperatures the consequences can be deadly.”
Ms Ritchie said most calls RACQ received for babies locked in cars were the result of accidental lock-ins when parents or caregivers gave children car keys to play with.
“We know it can be tempting to distract children with the keys but we’re pleading with care-givers not to do this,” she said.
“It can take just a few seconds for a child to be locked inside.”
What to do if your child is locked in a car:
- Keep calm and act quickly
- Call RACQ on 13 1111 immediately
- Call 000 if there are concerns about the child’s health.