x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Police called out 85 times for children trapped in hot cars

Parents warned not to give their car keys to children, who could seal themselves inside with no access to fresh air.

DUBAI // Children trapped in hot cars accounted for more than a fifth of the calls to Dubai Police's Rescue Department last year, statistics show.

Major Juma Ahmad bin Darwish, the department's head, said although no children died, the results could have been far worse.

He warned parents never to leave their children unattended in a car. Out of 404 calls last year, 85, or 21 per cent, were for children trapped in hot cars, equal to one call every four days. The figure was up slightly on 74 cases in 2009, representing 19 per cent of 377 calls.

Major bin Darwish also warned parents not to give their car keys to children, who could seal themselves inside with no access to fresh air.

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