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Parents urged not to leave infants in parked cars!

Parents urged not to leave infants in parked cars as the weather heats up to record highs this summer!

In the past few years, there has been a disturbing number of tragic cases involving the deaths of babies and toddlers being left unattended in hot cars.

And with the Summer heat well and truly here, parents are being warned that babies are not as adaptable as adults to temperature changes and should never be left in parked cars for long periods of time, and should never be left alone.

Temperatures inside a car can be 20 – 30 degrees hotter than the outside temperature and according to KidSafe Australia, between September 2013 and August 2014, Ambulance Victoria paramedics rescued 1,165 children who had been left unattended in a car.

Ambulance Victoria figures also reveal that:

  • Two thirds of call outs for children locked in cars were to car parks, streets or public places.
  • The summer months (December 2013 – March 2014) were the busiest period with an average of four call outs to a child left unattended in a car per day.
  • 42% of incidents occurred between 11am and 3pm

That’s why parents are strongly urged to never leave their infant in a parked car even for a few minutes.

The combination of body heat and the car seat or carrier’s confining space can make an infant hot and bothered within a matter of minutes.

To further ensure the safety of your child and to help keep them ‘cool and comfy’ over the hot summer period, follow this Summer Checklist:

  • Pre-cool the car first and foremost √
  • Plan trips in the morning or evening to avoid strong sun-rays √
  • Dress children in light breathable clothing √
  • Utilise sunshades √
  • Be prepared with water bottles to avoid dehydration √
  • Aim to park in shaded areas √


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