It can happen to the best of us, but if you've left the keys locked in the car whilst your kids are inside it can be a scary situation!
At times, it can even be the car's fault if it randomly decides to lock itself. This can be caused by issues such as electrical or battery problems.
Cars can also heat up extremely fast, which is alarming as children warm up 3 to 5 times faster than adults do.
In Victoria, they have doubled their maximum penalty jail time to ensure children's safety after three children lost their lives due to being left in locked cars.
Here's what to do if you end up in the distressing situation:
1. Call the police
Police will rush to help if your child is locked inside your car. They will be able to assist right away and will be able to assess how the situation came about.
It is also a good idea to request an ambulance to help your child's health and wellbeing. When your child is rescued they will be able to ensure their health has not been effected.
2. Call NRMA for assistance
NRMA make it top priority when a child is trapped inside a car. It's important to note to only opt for this option if it's relatively cool and if the incident has just occurred.
3. Last resort
If your child is visibly in distress, then try and break the car window after contacting emergency services.
It is recommended to break the window furthest away from your child and get to them as quick as possible.