Warning on Children Left Unattended in Cars

Kidsafe Victoria has issued a red alert to parents and carers about the dangers of leaving children unattended in cars, with a string of days over 30 degrees forecast across the state

Jason Chambers, General Manager of Kidsafe Victoria said “The temperature inside a car can be 20-30 degrees hotter than outside, which means that during summer the temperature inside a parked car could easily reach over 60 degrees in a matter of minutes.

“Children are particularly at risk because they can lose fluid quickly, become dehydrated and suffer from heatstroke which can be life threatening”, said Mr Chambers

Ambulance Victoria Paramedics were called to 1623 cases of children locked in cars between August 2015 and July 2016 – 190 more than the same period a year before.

Kidsafe Victoria and the Victorian State Government are working together as part of the ‘Never Leave Kids in Cars’ campaign to remind people that their most precious valuables – their children – should never be left unattended in the car

For more information about the campaign and the dangers of leaving children unattended in cars, please visit www.kidsafevic.com.au.