More than 1000 calls for children left unattended in cars every year are answered by emergency services and roadside assistance in Victoria, Kidsafe Victoria says.
The charity has issued a red alert before summer, launching its annual campaign, Do Not Leave Children Unattended in Cars.
“The temperature inside a parked car can be 20-30 degrees warmer than the outside temperature,” Kidsafe Victoria general manager Jason Chambers said on Friday.”This means that on a typical Australian summer day, the temperature can reach over 50 to 60 degrees in a matter of minutes.”
Mr Chambers warned children lose fluid quickly, become dehydrated and suffer from heatstroke, which can be life-threatening.
It is an offence in Victoria to leave a child unattended “for any longer than is reasonable without making appropriate arrangements for the child’s supervision and care”.
The penalties for leaving a child unattended in a car in Victoria include fines of more than $4000 and a maximum of six months imprisonment.