With Australia sweltering through one of  its hottest weekends in years – this means inside our cars it’s going to be even hotter.

New figures released by the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) reveal a whopping 1198 kids were locked in hot cars last year.

And it wasn’t just kids who had to be rescued — sadly 720 animals were also left in cars in 2017.

On a hot summer’s day, the temperature in a car can hit 40C in seven minutes so even a short lapse in judgment can leave kids or pets in sweltering conditions.

RACQ’s head of technical and safety policy Steve Spalding said parents and pet owners need to be vigilant.


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