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How do you like your eggs?
Residents along the Mornington Peninsula have been reminded of the danger of leaving their kids, pets and even eggs (!) in their cars on hot days.
Earlier this month the Rye Fire Brigade received a photo from Gail, a Queensland resident who left a dozen eggs on the backseat of her Holden SVZ. As temperatures soared beyond 30 degrees, Gail returned to her car an hour later to find the eggs cooking away nicely on her backseat!
Rye Fire Brigade’s Kelly Stoner said it was amazing how quickly the eggs had cooked in Gail’s car, which even had tinted windows.
“The temperature inside the car would need to be at least 75 degrees for an egg yolk to cook that quickly,” Kelly said.
With the mercury set to climb into the high 30s again this week, the cooked eggs offer a stark reminder to never leave kids or pets inside a parked car on hot days.
“The consequences if that were a child or animal in there are unimaginable,” Kelly said.
Over the years, the Rye Fire Brigade has worked closely with RACV to respond to lots of incidents where kids have been locked in cars.
“We have heaps of tourists and traffic down this way over summer,” said Kelly.
“Most of the time it’s accidental – people are rushing, parking at the beach, and somewhere along the way the kids and keys get locked in the car.
“People just need to be very careful over summer, and keep their keys on them at all times.”
Ambulance Victoria figures show paramedics received 1,623 calls last year about kids being left in cars.
As part of their Never Leave Kids in Cars Campaign this summer, the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) is reminding parents to take their kids with them every time they get out of the car.
“The risk of heatstroke and dehydration is real,” a DET spokesperson said.
“Within minutes the temperature inside a parked car can be 20 – 30 degrees warmer than outside.
“It may surprise people that leaving the windows down slightly has little effect on the inside temperature. Also, large cars heat up just as fast as smaller ones.”
People who leave children unattended in a car face fines of nearly $4,000, or up to six months jail.
But it’s not only our kids who are at risk – pets too can suffer if they are left in the car, even for just a few minutes.
The RSPCA’s recent Dogs Die in Hot Cars Campaign highlights the fact that pets – particularly dogs – can overheat even when the windows are down or the car is in the shade.
If you see a child or pet left in a parked car on a hot day, call Triple Zero (000).
For more information visit kidsafevic.com.au.