With high temperatures already in full swing at the Sunshine Coast, police would like to remind the public about the dangers of leaving children and animals unattended in vehicles.
The average inside temperature of a parked car can reach between 20 and 40 degrees higher than the temperature outside.
If the child is able to unlock the car, encourage them to do so, if no parent can be located call emergency services.
For animals, it only takes minutes to show signs of heatstroke and/or suffocation. Dogs in particular, cool themselves by panting and sweating through their paws. If the air that they are breathing is overheated, the consequences can be fatal.
For more information on the effects of leaving pets in the car visit RACQ.
Anyone who sees a child or animal, left alone in a car should take immediate action and contact police.
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.
You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.