As we move into the warmer months, it is important to remember how dangerous it can be to leave a child unattended in a parked car.
On a typical summer’s day the temperature in a parked car can be over 30 degrees hotter than outside, and unfortunately children do not tolerate heat well. This could lead to dehydration and other health related issues.
Here are some things you can do to reduce the risk of leaving children unattended in a car:
- Plan to complete quick jobs when you don’t have children with you;
- Seek service stations offering pay at the pump;
- Ensure cars are locked and the keys are out of reach of children to prevent children gaining access to the car; and
- Always check the car before you leave it.
Kidsafe WA has also developed car park signs which can be purchased by organisations to install in local car parks. The car park signs act as a reminder to community members to take their children with them after parking the car.
Let’s work together to raise awareness and reduce the number of children left unattended in parked cars.
For more information about the ‘Do Not Leave Children in Cars’ campaign or to order car park signs contact us on (08) 6244 4880 or visit www.kidsafewa.com.au/do-not-leave-children-in-cars-campaign.
Other useful links:
‘Unconventional Oven’ project http://theunconventionaloven.com.au/
Hot Car Fact Sheet http://www.kidsafewa.com.au/fact-sheets-road