By Eliza Henry-Jones
Children are being left in cars. Every year in Victoria emergency services and roadside assistance organisations respond to over 1500 callouts for children left unattended in cars.
Jason Chambers, General Manager of Kidsafe Victoria, noted the danger of leaving children in a car. “The temperature inside a parked car can be 20 to 30 degrees warmer than the outside temperature, which means on a typical Australian summer day, the temperature can reach over 50 to 60 degrees in a matter of minutes,” he explained. “Children are particularly at risk because they can lose fluid quickly, become dehydrated and suffer from heatstroke which can be life threatening.”
Kidsafe Victoria have focused on installing ‘Do not leave Children in Cars” warning signs in car parks across Victoria with a particular emphasis on places where young families frequent, including early childhood centres, shopping strips, sporting facilities and swimming pools.
“These signs provide long term, daily reminders to parents and carers about the dangers of leaving children unattended in cars, while also stimulating important conversations in the community about this life threatening issue,” said Mr Chambers.
Along with continuing to encourage local councils, early childhood centres and community groups to install warning signs in local car parks, Kidsafe Victoria is also using social media to spread lifesaving information about the dangers of leaving children unattended in cars.
How to Join the Kidsafe Victoria’s Do Not Leave Children In Cars Campaign!
· Further information including videos, fact sheets and order forms for the car park signs are available on the KidSafe Vic website.