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Ambulance service asks you not to be stupid

By johnboy - 9 January 2009 61

The ABC brings word that a five year old had to be rescued from a baking car yesterday (presumably before winter returned).

This has prompted the ambulance service to ask people not to lock kids in cars on hot days. Apparently leaving the window cracked open is not good enough.

If only you could tie the kids up outside the shops with the dogs eh?

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Ambulance service asks you not to be stupid
BerraBoy68 1:55 pm 09 Jan 09

peterh said :

BerraBoy68 said :

If you ever see a child, or a pet for that matter, locked in a car on a hot day with the windows up, feel free to smash your way in. I doubt the law would have much to say about it.

absolutely. then if you can, call the authorities, or flag down an ambulance if one is going past. They may be able to assist in re-hydration if necessary, or provide further first aid support.

An NRMA serviceman I used to knock about with once told me of a bloke at Charny shops who called them out saying he’d locked his keys in the car while his baby was in there (it was summer). NRMA dropped everything to get someone out there urgently and when he arived – no kid. The driver said he told them there was as he knew the NRMA come out quicker if a child is involved. The NRMA guy went back to his car grabbed a shifter and smashed the window and handed the guy his keys. The guy got quite angry and called the cops while demanding the NRMA guy stay where he was. The cops came out and were told by both parties hat had hapepened. The cops then told the owner of the car he could either suck it up or be charged with wasting police time. I’m not sure if it’s a true story but god I hope so.

GottaLoveCanberra 1:52 pm 09 Jan 09

I saw someone do this in Tuggers and the first thought that came into my mind was so smash the window for the poor kid but then the parental came back so I just left.

What’s the legalities and hoohah about doing such a thing? Like if I see a kid left in a car with the windows up should I smash and be a hero?

And what if the windows are down? Should we still do something?

Is there a line?

peterh 1:39 pm 09 Jan 09

BerraBoy68 said :

If you ever see a child, or a pet for that matter, locked in a car on a hot day with the windows up, feel free to smash your way in. I doubt the law would have much to say about it.

absolutely. then if you can, call the authorities, or flag down an ambulance if one is going past. They may be able to assist in re-hydration if necessary, or provide further first aid support.

ant 1:12 pm 09 Jan 09

Cars getting stunningly hot very fast, even if you park them in the shade, I think the car has a bunch of absorbed heat from driving around in the sun. Just winding the windows down isn’t enough.

I had a chihuahua in the car years ago and parked the car in the shade with the windows half way down while I ran into woolies to grab some chips or bread or soemthing. When I came out, the dog had climbed out of teh window and was perched on the side mirror, hurling abuse at passers-by.

I’m not sure if he was wanting to get cooler though, or just wanted to bark at people.

H1NG0 1:04 pm 09 Jan 09

Ozhair said :

To the tune of “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”:

Small kids roasting in a Charnwwod car,
Mum’s just buying cigarettes.
“Don’t tell me how to raise my kids,
Or I’ll stab you
In the neck”

LOLLERSKATES!!!

deye 12:57 pm 09 Jan 09

When I was little I used to insist that I stay in the car with a book rather than go around the shops. The window was usually down although occasionally I would put it up because of the noise. Didn’t hurt me at all. I was about 8 or so though.

Mr Evil 12:50 pm 09 Jan 09

How often should a child be turned to make sure the are done evenly?

Personally I think anyone who does this to their kids or pets should be locked up in a car themselves for a couple of hours, just to show them what it’s like.

Ozhair 12:47 pm 09 Jan 09

To the tune of “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”:

Small kids roasting in a Charnwwod car,
Mum’s just buying cigarettes.
“Don’t tell me how to raise my kids,
Or I’ll stab you
In the neck”

BerraBoy68 12:43 pm 09 Jan 09

If you ever see a child, or a pet for that matter, locked in a car on a hot day with the windows up, feel free to smash your way in. I doubt the law would have much to say about it.

Eyeball In A Quart J 12:34 pm 09 Jan 09

They could at least sprinkle the kids with a bit of seasoning.

Maybe a little butter or olive oil.

Mr Evil 12:20 pm 09 Jan 09

Thumper said :

You should never, under any circumstances, put your car in an oven.

Especially if it has kids in it.

Unless you have used a little canola baking spray first to stop the little darlings sticking to the seats…..

Maybe the baby bonus has well and truly run out, so the novelty of having a child had run out too?

Sammy 12:05 pm 09 Jan 09

I guess the gubb’mint needs to add this to the “How not to kill your kid in the first ten years” DVD that they give out to all new parents. I got one last week, but i’m yet to watch it.

Thumper 12:04 pm 09 Jan 09

You should never, under any circumstances, put your car in an oven.

Especially if it has kids in it.

Fiona 12:03 pm 09 Jan 09

I got locked in the car the other week… argh. damn central locking.

peterh 11:59 am 09 Jan 09

common sense would have been good here. I have never left the kids in the car to pop into the shop. I get em all out, into the pram, and go where it is easy to do so.

wonder if the person that did this even thought about what they were doing? probably would have done the same to a dog…

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