The mistake that could cost a child's life

The RACQ has warned parents not to let their children play with car keys.
The RACQ has warned parents not to let their children play with car keys. Max Fleet BUN060113STL2

PARENTS have been urged to rethink letting their children play with keys, after the RACQ revealed one of the most common causes of children being locked in cars.

Today emergency crews were called to Hastings St in Noosa about 12.25pm, where a baby had been locked in a car during the hottest part of the day.

Fortunately an RACQ officer was able to unlock the car within 10 minutes of the 000 call.

RACQ spokeswoman Renee Smith said the company received an average of three calls daily from desperate Queensland parents whose children have been locked in cars.

Ms Smith said while she didn't have specific details on today's case, many lock-out incidents could be avoided.

"Often the child's been given the car keys to play with, and then they've pressed the lock button," she said.

"We really call on parents to make sure they keep their keys on them."

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