RACQ on high alert due to extreme temps

RACQ’s Roadside Assistance patrols are on high alert with temperatures expected to reach 39 degrees across parts of south east Queensland on Thursday.

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted the mercury would reach 39 degrees in Ipswich, which would see it come close to the 1943 September record of 39.2 degrees.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said drivers needed to prepare for the heat and ensure babies and pets were never left alone in cars.

“We will be on standby around the clock to make sure we can get babies and pets out of locked cars as quickly as possible, especially given the extreme temperatures predicted. But we need motorists to do everything they can to avoid this frightening scenario,” Ms Ritchie said.

“We recommend drivers wind the windows down before they put their child in the car to avoid accidently locking a child inside. But the best way to avoid an accidental lock is it always keep the keys on you and never give your child the car keys to play with.

“It’s also incredibly important pets aren’t left inside a vehicle. We know it takes just seven minutes for a parked car to reach 40 degrees.”

RACQ rescues on average three children and one pet from being locked in a car every day in Queensland.